Kolhapur, Sep 14: Poland Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz on Saturday unveiled the Commemorative Pillar, instituted in the memory of Polish refugees, who took shelter here during World War II.
Speaking during the event, he said, "Our people, including women and children, got security and love here during their stay of 6-7 years, starting from 1942. The gesture was made possible by then Chhatrapati's kindness, as well as the love from the city residents."
Lauding the cordial behaviour of Rajya Sabha MP Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje, the Minister said that he has exhibited the same hospitality, like his ancestors. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Bhushan Gagarani commended royal heir Sambhaji Raje for organising an event, which was deeply rooted in emotions.
Commenting on the plight of refugee Poles, he lamented, "It wasn't easy to stay away from their country, but now these people are no longer refugees, instead they have become ours."MP Dhairyasheel Mane, MLC Satej Patil and Collector Daulat Desai, among others, attended the event.(UNI)