Prof. Robert R. Hodgart

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Prof. Robert R. Hodgart

Prof. Robert R. Hodgart Robert was born in 1944 at Wheatiefaulds in N. Ayrshire. From 1962 to 1966 he studied Geography at University of Glasgow, then spent two years as a postgraduate student at Pennsylvania State University. In 1968 he returned to Scotland as Demonstrator in Geography at University of Edinburgh and was subsequently appointed…...

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Lesley A.Duncan

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Lesley A.Duncan

Lesley A.Duncan Born in Edinburgh. She is qualified Legal Secretary, married, having 2 sons. Went onto setting up her own Business Management Company. “My cousin married a Polish Soldier during the war, this was very unique and interesting to me as a young girl, especially when she wrote home advising us of her stories. One…...

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Blanka Klimczak Peters

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Blanka Klimczak Peters

Blanka Klimczak Peters Blanka’s father, George J B Klimczak, was born in Kalisz in 1912, one of eight children. He was studying law in Poznań when he was captured by the Russians, but escaped on the way to Katyń and eventually made his way to Scotland. He became a Lieutenant and was wounded at Monte…...

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Ida and Stefan Boron

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Ida and Stefan Boron

Ida and Stefan Boron In 1966 Poland celebrated 1000 years of Christianity. A group of Polish and Scottish youth were hurriedly “cobbled together” to perform some Polish songs and dances at the millennium ball held in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms to mark the occasion. At the time no one could have predicted that this was to…...

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Danuta Stepek Bienkowska

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Danuta Stepek Bienkowska

Danuta Stepek Bienkowska The Stepek family originated in Haczów, Podkarpacie, the south-easternmost region of present-day Poland. However, in 1922 the young newly-married couple Władysław and Janina Stepek moved to a new settlement between Lwów and Łuck now in present day western Ukraine. Unknown to them this meant that seventeen years later, when war broke out…...

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Colin Kingsley

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Colin Kingsley

Colin Kingsley Dr Colin Kingsley is an eminent pianist, former President of The Edinburgh Society of Musicians and senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has travelled extensively, giving concerts, lecturing, teaching and examining with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Before moving to Edinburgh, he was solo pianist for the…...

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Nina MacKinnon

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Nina MacKinnon

Nina MacKinnon Lubomir Wojciech Orzechowski Born in Warsaw in May 1923. His father, Marian Witalis, was a veteran of both the First World War and the 1920 war against the Bolsheviks. When war broke out Wojciech was living in Rawa Ruska where his father was Chief Inspector of the Border Police. The Soviets murdered his…...

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Dorothy Nowak Solinska

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Dorothy Nowak Solinska

Dorothy Nowak Solinska Dorothy was born in Poznań, Poland in 1954. Her father Witold had been an officer of the Polish army and after spending most of the war in a Prisoner of War Camp, he was brought to Scotland by a Polish friend, already stationed in Scotland and who helped him escape from the…...

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Tomasz Ziarski-Kernberg

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Tomasz Ziarski-Kernberg

Tomasz Ziarski-Kernberg Tomasz Ziarski-Kernberg was born in 1959, to first generation Polish migrants who moved seperately to Scotland because of the war, where they met. Both of his parents were deported to Kazakhstan with their families, where his father joined the Polish army at 17 and was injured in the battle of Monte Casino, and…...

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