The Refugee Book in India issued to all Polish refugees in the settlements Page 31

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum
Warszawa, Poland

These books were issued by the delegation of the Polish Ministry of Labor and Welfare in Mumbai to all Polish refugees in the settlements. They were used to keeping records of financial and material aid; in addition, they included five rules of conduct.


  • Title: The Refugee Book in India issued to all Polish refugees in the settlements Page 31
  • Date: 1944-04-01
  • Location: Mumbai
  • Transcript:
    1. You owe the fact that you are in India to the care and efforts of the Polish government. You are a guest in India. As a guest, you are required to behave appropriately, so that you do not tarnish the good reputation enjoyed by Polish people in India. [...] 2. Garrulousness and gossiping harms Poland in the fight with the enemy, who is always listening. Don’t gossip and say only what’s necessary. 3. Cleanliness – is your health! Contagious diseases and epidemics always occur in dense concentrations due to sloppiness and dirty bodies, linen and clothes. It's for your and all the refugees' good to take care of personal cleanliness and that of others. 4. Discipline and subjection to authority – these are the basic requisites of the nation’s strength and its survival. As a refugee, you must be disciplined and carry out orders from your superiors obediently. Breaking orders and evading duties is detrimental to the interests of the entire refugee community. 5. Do not complain. Remember your compatriots, who perish in their millions tormented by the oppressors!
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  • Contributor: The Polish History Museum in Warsaw
  • Original Source: Zbigniew Bartosz collection
  • Credit: Zbigniew Bartosz
  • Collection: World War II. Poles in India

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