I am a history professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and I am writing a book about refugee and resettlement camps in Britain from the 1930s to the 1980s. In connection with this book, I am very interested in speaking (or emailing!) with anyone who spent time in any of the Polish camps and hostels after the Second World War. I travel to Britain frequently and would love to meet with people in person, but am also happy to Skype or speak on the phone if that is easier.
If you would like to get in touch or learn more about the book, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks, and I hope to hear from you.
I have recently come across this fascinating site. My maternal grandmother and her children (including my late mother) spent several happy years living at the camp at East Moor near York - their first home in the UK. Sadly, my uncle, Wladislaw Zalega was killed in a road traffic accident and is buried in the cemetery at Sutton-in-the-forest: it was very touching to find a photo of his grave on the website. He was just 23 years of age and a recently returned war-hero from Monte Cassino, having been awarded a medal for valour: ironic that he should meet his end in this way. I still take my Auntie Weronika, the youngest of the 9 siblings, to visit the grave regularly. She and my Auntie Marysia are the only surviving members of the Zalega family who lived at East Moor camp. They are now elderly ladies but they are still able to recount many happy memories of life at the camp and work in the surrounding area. If you are interested in talking to them about their experiences, please let me know and I will pass on their contact details to you.
I came across your message by chance when researching a little about the East Moor Camp - I know it's been five years since you left your post, but I'm very interested in finding out more about East Moor Camp and the cemetery - are any of your relatives still with us? Best David