Krystyna Szopis

Born: 6th February 1931

Lwow, Poland

Date of interview: 16th May 2006

Map showing where Krystyna Szopis came from

Do you still feel very much Polish?

Oh yes, Oh yes. There's no way about it ... you do, I remember the first time ever I went to Poland. Well I couldn't go to my side of Poland but I went to my mother's sister. When I came back some of the teachers asked me how do I feel, and I said I feel I don't belong there at all but it's still my mother, the country is still my mother. I said this country is the best foster mother but the other is a mother. You can't change. I've brought up my kids. They feel they're Poles. I mean all of them speak Polish even my grandchild. We are different there's no way about it, we are completely different from the people from Poland now. Are we better are we worse? It's for whoever to judge but we are different. We've been through bad times, good times. We do respect this country that given us a chance to get educated and I hope very much that the country realises that we have given something to it ... I don't know, I've given forty years of education to it, which must have been, must have been quite good [laughs] yes.