Name ID 2052
Extract Author: Diane Winkler
Page Number: 2005 02 23
Extract Date: 1940's
I am researching for a book I plan to write about those Polish nationals who were deported by Stalin in 1939 and after a long odyssey finally shipped to East Africa and lived in the fugitive camp of Kidugala in Tanzania. I myself stayed in Kidugala from 1972 to 1974 as a child and saw the Polish graves on the cemetery. I am very interested in first hand reports and above all any pictures. I am aware of the existence of The General Longfitt Story and have read it. It would be wonderful if I could get into contact with the authors. So far I haven't been lucky with this.
Can you help?
I am a historian but also personally involved and very, very keen to write about these people.
Not sure how to help really. I presume that you followed the links on the General Langfitt back to the Australian Immigration web site. Have you tried emailing any contact names there for more information.
Look carefully at the various links on the Tengeru page, and some may take you to other sites with more information on the various Polish camps in Africa.
I guess you are interested in Kidugala because you stayed there Ė in much the same way as I remember visiting Tengeru as a child, although totally unaware of its background. However the Polish story seems a lot more complex than just these individual camps.
If I come across anything else Iíll let you know. Iíll include your email on the website, and that might invoke some memories, and do please let me know if you come across anything related to Tengeru etc.
Extract Author: Lorenzo Togni
Page Number: 2008 05 20
I am trying to trace Dian Winkler who is researching the Kidugala story. My father, Mr Antonio Togni, a settler in the area at the time built the Kidugala camp for the British authorities and was there when the refugees arrived. My mother, Mrs Grace Togni, together with Mr Nico Panyayatopoulos, settled the first refugees into the camp.
Please contact me. Prof. Lorenzo Togni, [details given]
Extract Author: Clara Mackow
Page Number: 2009 01 06
Extract Date: 16-Jan-2009
Hi my father is polish and born in Kidugala, im trying to get a new birth certificate but the need to know were Kidugala is in Tanzania, can you help.
Extract Author: Danuta Gareau (Jaworska)
Page Number: 2008 06 24
My Mama and Babcia were Polish refugees who lived in Kidugala. My Mama had many wonderful memories of her time there. She often spoke of a book written by Father Lucjan Krolikowski. The book was titled Stolen Childhood. I recently read this book and found it very informative about the journey my Mama and Babcia took along with thousands of other Polish refugees. The book is about all the Polish refugees, not only those in Kidugala. You may find it beneficial. The book contains several pages of pictures.
Stolen childhood : a saga of Polish war children / Lucjan Krolikowski ; translated by Kazimierz J. Rozniatowski.
Other Titles: Skradzione dziecinstwo. English
Author: Krolikowski, Lucjan, 1919-
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Franciscan Fathers Minor Conventuals, St. Anthony of Padua Province, c1983.
ISBN: 0969158807/ 0595168639
Description: xiii, 296 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 Children.
World War, 1939-1945 Poland.
Poles Foreign countries.
Extract Author: Samuel Fute
Page Number: 2007 02 11
Extract Date: 2007
Nice and very useful information site.
I am Samuel, a Tanzanian, from Kidugala by origin.
I am very much fond of exploring and reading about Polish life before and while at Kidugala.
I would like to be in touch with Diane Winkler who wanted to write a book about it. May you help me to have her contacts so that I give my support on the information she migh need.
Good time friends,
Extract Author: Eugeniusz Rzewuski
Page Number: 2007 04 04
Extract Date: 2007
Just today I read some e-mail correspondance posted to http://www.ntz.info concerning the former camp of Polish WW2 refugees in Tengeru, Tanzania. Many people do discover this place and its symbolic history of being a safe haven for nearly 5 thousand Polish children and their elder relatives and caretakers evacuated by the Polish army from places of their deportation in Soviet Union. Some visitors are amazed that the Polish cemetery adjacent to the former refugee camp is so well maintained.
I am glad to inform that this place is under permanent care of the Polish Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
University of Warsaw,
Department of African Languages and Cultures
former charge d' affaires a.i. of the Embassy (1995-99)
Many thanks for your feedback about Tengeru. It is one of the sections of the web site that causes a lot of interest, and there is a new generation of people trying to unearth the history of their parents, many of whom spent time at Tengeru.
Although I've been to Arusha many times, I've never managed to visit Tengeru. Thank you for your update about the cemetry.
I'm sure you are familiar with sites such as http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kresy-Siberia/ - Someone refered this to me only a week ago as a place with lots of information about Tengeru, including photographs.
Jambo David (Daudi)
Thanks for your reply letter. I am glad that there is much interest about "Polish chapter" of the history of Tengeru. In fact this was one of many WW2 Polish camps camps located in East and Central Africa. I have visited and documented four other Polish cemeteries in Tanzania which which mark places where camps were located: Morogoro, Kidugala, Ifunda, Kondoa-Irangi. All are reasonably well mantained. Tengeru was the the biggest camp and remains the biggest cemetery.