Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

Odyssey in the Rhythm of Mariachi

Downloadable Video - 2016
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In 1943 a group of 1434 Polish refugees from the Soviet Russia, including a few hundred orphans, arrived in an abandoned ranch of Santa Rosa at the invitation of the Mexican President. Santa Rosa, near Leon, Mexico became their home for the few years to come. Earlier in December 1942, Prime Minister of Polish Government in Exile - General Władysław Sikorski arrived in Mexico to sign an agreement with President of Mexico Avila Camacho to set up such a camp. Mexico was the only country outside the British Commonwealth, which offered assistance in solving the humanitarian crisis of thousands of Polish civilians displaced in temporary camps in Iran. The exile from deep Russia to Mexico led the first group of Polish refugees through Los Angeles, where their ship docked on June 25th, 1943. To their surprise, the Americans locked them up in an internment center for the Japanese immigrants, who were perceived as enemies of the state. After the end of the war and the closing of Santa Rosa colony, only 87 refugees returned to Poland. Most of them emigrated to the United States. Those who settled in Chicago set up the Santa Rosa Club and once a year they gather to reminisce the good old daysto the sounds of music remembered from childhood. Currently, Santa Rosa houses an orphanage run by the Salesians of Don Bosco. Joanna, who lives in Szczecin, Poland and her father Bogdan, who was the first child born in Santa Rosa take us for a journey to Santa Rosa. It takes a one kind of a journey to find a missing piece of a family puzzle.
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 29 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
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