Please offer a belated welcome to Maria (Rutkowska) Nolan, from Australia,
who subscribed last month but it looks to me like I forgot to forward her
Although not as directly related to the Soviet deportations as most of us,
Maria's family also suffered during the war and there is much we can learn
from each other.
From: "Maria Nolan" <nolan470@...
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 17:10:11 +1100
...I received your page address from Chris Gladun - he thought I might be
interested in what you are doing with Polish History,
My name is Maria Nolan and I live in Goulburn, I used to live in Plumpton
also in NSW, moved to Goulburn 1 year ago for my husbands job. I retired
from my job as school assistant last year, but for this school term I have
been asked to work 2 days a week at my old school at Blackett which is a
suburb of Mt Druitt, NSW. I am writing a family history and am interested in
Polish History as well, I will send you what I sent to Chris.
I have also published a small article on Polish Connection page if you are
interested in reading it I am sending the page as well.
Maria Nolan (Rutkowska)
I have just found your story and all related pages, It is so very
interesting and moving and a wonderful history lesson. Thank you so much for
all the hard work you have done to have this memorable story of your family
on the internet.
I am also Polish, born in Germany 1946 in a displaced persons camp, we
migrated as displaced refugees to Australia in 1950. My mum was a forced
labourer on a German farm and my dad was a prisoner in various concentration
camps in Poland, Germany and France.
Up until 4 years ago , I knew nothing about my parents past, as both wanted
to forget what happened, so they buried their past and never talked about it
only telling us when we were children that their families perished during
the war. 4 years ago my mother with the onset of dementia and no short term
memory, but her past memory was very vivid in her mind started to talk about
her past life and experiences. All the tragic horrific things that she went
through were very hard for us to comprehend. Not only did she live in
torture during the war, she then relived it all again during her illness.
This then started me on a road to Poland and a search for relatives and a
Reading your family story has given me so much insight as to what the
survivors of all these atrocities went through, It also helps me to
understand why when we were growing up I always felt that both my parents
had this enormous emotional brick wall in front of them. Since my search
started I have found relatives, I have a half brother and sister back in
Poland, and after finding my mothers son in 1999 , we invited him to visit
mum, and meet her for the first time in 60 years. all very emotional, and he
spent 4 beautiful days with her before she died. I now have this passion for
wanting to learn more and more, not only about our family history but Polish
history as well. Thanks once again for your contribution.
Maria Nolan (Rutkowska) from Australia