Trails of Hope. The Odyssey of Freedom
The Institute of National Remembrance developed the project “Trails of Hope. The Odyssey of Freedom” so that the memory of the soldiers of Anders’ Army and of their contribution to the victory over Germany were not forgotten. In this way, we want to honour the military effort of the Polish Armed Forces and the fate of civilians evacuated from the USSR with General Anders’ Army in 1942. This project is intended to let all the people deported to the camps in Siberia and Russia hinterland speak. It is an opportunity to recall the places of remembrance scattered throughout the world, from Asia via the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, to both the Americas.
Another important objective of the project is to cooperate with local communities, Polish embassies, and the Polish diaspora to obtain forgotten materials on the soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces and civilians successfully evacuated from the Soviet Union.
The history of Lyon-Bron Airport dates back to 1910, when the city authorities organised the first air picnic. The airfield established at the site soon became the property of the French army, which ensured its rapid development. The outbreak of World War I resulted in the airport expanding further and taking on a greater role. In the inter-war period, French air force squadrons were stationed here.
Tobruk's history dates back to antiquity, when it was a Greek colony and then a Roman fortress guarding the border of Cyrenaica.
The „Trails of Hope”
… should be understood as collective peregrinations of Polish citizens during World War II - of both military and civilian nature - which were motivated by the idea of restoring freedom to Poland and the world enslaved by the Third Reich and its allies, and related to the activities of the legal authorities of the Republic of Poland.
The pretext for telling Polish history in so many countries around the world will be an exhibition consisting of two parts: a general one telling the odyssey of Poles during World War II and a local one.
- The Anders Trail [1941 – 1945/7]
- The Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade [„African”] [1941-1942]
- The Polish Independent Highland Brigade [„Norway”] 
- The French Trail 
- The Polish 1st Armoured Division [1944 -1945/7]
- The 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade [„Arnhem”] 
- The Navy and Merchant Marine Trail
- The Polish Air Force
- The Polish Silent Unseen
- The Polish Military Intelligence
THE TRUTH IN NUMBERS
The number of Poles deported into the USSR in four big deportation campaigns
The number of Poles evacuated with Anders’ Army by 25 August 1942
Polish Armed Forces in May 1945
The IPN "Trails of Hope. The Odyssey of Freedom" exhibition unveiled in New York City – 29 October 2023
Wojnicz, Jagiellonian Street
Tarnów, Mościckiego 29
09.09.2022 - 12.10.2022
03.10.2022 - 31.10.2022
The story of a tractor driver in the Anders Army - TRAILS OF HOPE: Testimonies of the invincibles [4/4]
The story child who survived - TRAILS OF HOPE: Testimonies of the invincibles [3/4]
The story of the commander of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association from Africa - TRAILS OF HOPE: Testimonies of the invincibles [2/4]
The story of an exile who became Maczek's soldier - TRAILS OF HOPE: Testimonies of the invincibles [1/4]
The history of the Poles' Odyssey
is a chronological sequence of events and actions in the years 1939-1947, both tragic ones, like the attack on Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and those filling with pride and encouragement, like the conquest of Monte Cassino by the Poles and the liberation of the Dutch Breda.
We invite you to familiarize with the most important events from the project „Trails of Hope. Odyssey of Freedom”.