|the Good Maharajah|
When Germany and the Soviet Union carved up Poland in 1939, Stalin had several hundred thousand Poles, including women and children, deported to the inner depths of the Soviet Union. But when Hitler turned on Stalin, Stalin was forced to ally with Great Britain and the Polish government-in-exile. Amnesty was declared for Polish prisoners in the Soviet Union. The Maharaja offered to help Polish children who had been deported to Siberia, Kazakhstan, and other locations.
As many as 500 orphans were brought to the Maharaja's summer palace at Balachadi, on the coast of Nawanagar. The children remained there throughout the war. Delegates of the Polish government-in-exile even set up and ran a school.
And now, the Warsaw City Council passed a resolution on Friday, June 1, to name a square in the Ochota district of central Warsaw after the prince. Apparently I am not the only one who has difficulty pronouncing his name -- the square will be called "the Square of the Good Maharaja."