Museum Acquired WWII Uniform, But Once They Looked In The Pockets They Couldn't Accept It.
A lot of important artifacts were lost during World War II, but some memorabilia have a way of resurfacing. And when they do, museums do their very best to preserve them for prosperity. But why are they so important? They're a link to the past. Some of the items found, like weapons and uniforms, once belonged to the soldiers who fought to stay alive while trying to keep the world safe.
But while some items belonged to those who are no longer with us, there are some things that belong to people who are alive and breathing. And what the Ogniwo Polish Museum Society found in the pocket of one uniform, was simply impossible to accept.
The Ogniwo Polish Museum Society in Winnipeg received one of the most amazing donations ever.
It was a World War II uniform, which was once worn by a soldier in the Polish Army. The uniform also came with a pair of brown leather boots. But when the museum's archivist, Marta Dabros, looked inside one of the pockets, she noticed that there was more to this uniform than met the eye.
Dabros discovered photos inside one of the pockets of the uniform, which was a priceless treasure.
The photographs were black-and-white and taken in the army. It also gave Dabros a look into the life of the man who had once put on the uniform over 70 years ago, and it was clear that this soldier had a very rich life in the military.
Dabros decided to do a little digging to see if she could discover the identity of the soldier in the photos.
Her investigation paid off. The uniform used to belong to a medical officer in the Polish army named Lucas Kulczycki. After the war, Kulczycki decided to move to Manitoba, and he left his uniform behind him.
Eventually, Kulczycki moved from Manitoba to the United States to continue his medical career.
Dabros learned that Kulczycki had lived in Boston and then Washington, and he had specialized in the study of cystic fibrosis. He was also one heck of an amazing pediatrician, according to Dabros. But the question remained, was he still alive?
Given that Kulczycki had made a name for himself in the field of medicine, so Dabros assumed he would be easier to find.
Dabros was eager to return the uniform to the former Polish soldier because it was the right thing to do. Eventually, she reached out to his daughter, Dorothy Kulczycki Schilder, and Schilder couldn't believe that her dad's 70-year-old uniform was still around.
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