The life of each one of us is unique in its character. Every tale of a person – regardless of whether it is a world-famous artist or a completely unknown person – is unique and therefore worth recording. Our history is comprised of sometimes ordinary, and sometimes special, everyday events. Emigrational fates of Poles have different faces too – amongst them are success stories but also accounts of difficult, even dramatic events.Together, theypaint a wide and colorful panorama of the Polish presence on all continents of the world.
History that is relayed by word of mouth presents a unique chance to reach the personal experiences of those who witnessed it. They contain emotions that we can't find in even the most important documents. Voices, gestures, and feelings that accompany a conversation allow us to break through the barrier of time. Those stories – accumulated at "Emigrant's Archive" – are, in fact, opportunities to see the past through the eyes of the people that shaped it.
We try our best to reach the people who experienced emigration in various moments of Polish history, who departed from our country in extremely varied circumstances, who witnessed the departures of their loved ones. We would like to hear about the life of Polonia and the lives of people of Polish descent directly from them in order to pass on their stories to our fellow countrymen. It is up to us whether we recount only the history of Poland or also the stories of Poles – both at home and abroad. It is only through a dialogue that we can get to know ourselves better.