Screenings of 'Vechten voor geen vaderland', by Bart Verstockt

Vredeshuis Gent (Sint-Margrietstraat 9) | CC Gildhof (Sint-Michielstraat 9, Tielt)
05/09/14 - 08/09/14
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The documentary Vechten voor geen Vaderland (Fighting for others, dying for Poland), made in 2004 by Bart Verstockt, will be screened as part of the POLISH DAYS IN FLANDERS held to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Flanders by General Stanisław Maczek’s First Armoured Division.

+++ More information about Fighting for others, dying for Poland
+++ See all of the events being held in Ghent and Tielt as part of the Polish Days in Flanders

>>> Vredeshuis Gent (Sint-Margrietstraat 9, Ghent) - see map
>>> Friday 5 September 2014 - 18:00
>>> Free of charge (réception from 17:15) 

>>> Cultural Center Gildhof (Sint-Michielstraat 9, Tielt) - see map
>>> Monday 8 September 2014 - 20:00
>>> Free of charge | booking via reservatiedienst.gildhof@tielt.be

Vechten voor geen Vaderland (Fighting for others, dying for Poland, 2014, 47')
Bart Verstockt’s historical documentary Vechten voor geen Vaderland tells the story of Polish veterans from General Maczek’s First Armoured Division. Ten of them still live in Flanders. They are the survivors of a proud army of volunteers which helped the allied troops to liberate Europe during the Second World War. From the beaches of Normandy, they covered 1800 km, crossing France, Belgium and the Netherlands until 5 May 1945, when the Nazis surrendered in the German port of Wilhelmshaven.
After the war, these Polish soldiers understood that their homeland had not been liberated. At the Yalta Conference, the negotiating parties took the view that there was no space in Europe for a free and independent Poland. Churchill and Roosevelt filed it away under those countries which were under the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union. 
Cut adrift and bitter, the majority of veterans refused to return home. They had fought in the war because their country was occupied, and now that they had helped bring the war to an end, their country was once again under occupation. And yet it was impossible to fight against this. They became stateless and scattered to the four winds. Around 300 returned to Belgium. 
In Vechten voor geen Vaderland, ten veterans who chose to ask for asylum in Belgium of their own free will look back on the dramatic events of the war and its consequences. There are ten of them, and yet their voices speak for thousands.


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