In 2013, the Government of Poland inaugurated the ‘Good Maharaja Square’ in Warsaw. In honor of Maharaja Digvijay Singh of Jamnagar
- Poland has also named the Maharaja the Honorary Patron of the popular Warsaw Bednarska High School
- He was posthumously awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the President
Let me tell you an amazing piece of history from WW-II
- During the years preceding World War II, a huge number of Poles were taken away by the Red Army to work at the Soviet-run labour camps
- To protect women and children from red army, Some 5000 children along with women were sent in a ship to seek refugee in any safe country
- Everybody turn them down including all allied nations and Iran. All of them malnourished and no one helped them
- Then a Hero came to rescue them. The hero was Maharaja Digvijay Singh
- The first batch of the 500 severely malnourished and exhausted orphans had a surprise welcome, when they arrived in Nawanagar, from the Maharaja himself. “Don’t consider yourselves orphans. You are now Nawanagaris and I am Bapu, the father of all Nawanagaris, including yourselves,” he said.
- Digvijay Singh not only welcomed the refugees, but also ensured that they had special accommodation, schools, medical facilities and opportunities for rest and recuperation at Balachadi, near Jamnagar.
- Singh also opened a camp at Chela and involved the rulers of Patiala and Baroda, with whom he had a good rapport in the Chamber of Princes, to help the refugees.
- Between 1942 and 1948, about 20,000 refugees stayed and transited through the then undivided India for a duration ranging from six months to six years.
- Today, many of the survivors still recall with emotion and tears, the Maharaja’s personal send-off at the railway station.