THE return of thousands of Poles to Poland nut of exile or captivity In the Soviet Union is adding a happy chapter to the 20th century's tragic saga of refugees and forced migra
One forecast says that 300,000 will return to their homeland.
Bishop Kominek, recently installed as diocesan administrator of part of the German territory taken over by Poland, has appealed to the people to give them every form of help and " to share even our small dwellings with the needy if needs be."
"As if by a miracle," says Mgr. Kominek, " thousands of our wandering countrymen dispersed over the world are returning to our land. The blessed stream of our compatriots being repatriated from the vast areas of the East is especially increasing."
Communist newspapers admit that masses of Poles have been in exile in Siberia.
The Warsaw daily Trybuna Ludu says: " Tracing these people takes a long time. mainly due to difficulties created by immense distances and great migrations of the population.
It is particularly hard to find people living in villages, hamlets and isolated collective farms. frequently somewhere above the Arctic Circle."