--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, Anne Kaczanowski
> My Mom came from an area that was predominately Ukrainian ( Sanok)
> and they were always fearful of Siberian deportations. She, being
> Ukrainian said it was a common fear for people to disappear
> throughout the night and they were never heard from again. In
> many areas the Ukrainians had no better life under the Russians
> than the Polish people did. Do you think all these people were
> accounted for? As Bert said, the numbers differ. Which one do
> we believe? I haven't had time to look it up, but I wonder what a
> Ukrainian site might say.
I suppose that more often than not, researchers have to make an
educated guess with regards figures.
How, for example, can they ever arrive at a precise number of Kresy
deportees, with so many records destroyed, borders altered, families
torn apart and regimes changed?
How many Ukrainians were deported by the Soviets from the Kresy
By and large, Ukrainians in the Kresy Borderlands did not belong to
the `bourgeois class' (land-owners, civil servants etc.).
For this reason alone, many must have escaped deportation.
Of course, Ukrainians must have been fearful of deportation by the
Soviets. Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Ukrainian kulaks were
deported by the Soviets in 1932/33. Many more died.
When my mother-in-law arrived in northern Russia in 1940, she found
a village there full of Ukrainians - and they were able to speak the
same language together.