Bienvenu à Barbara - nôtre premier membre en France!
Please welcome Barbara Davoust to the group, our first member in Frnace
(though we do have Belgian and Swiss members). Perhaps some of our other
members will be interested in the photographs you take of Wilno later this
month (any requests?)
Barbara, I am not sure why there is a "sudden" interest in this topic. I
suspect that the second generation os coming of an age where their survivor
parents are dying, and where they have children of their own - and realise
that if this history is not preserved and publicised, it will be lost
forever. Then again, the liberation of Poland from the Soviet Bloc in 1989
may also have something to do with information there being liberated as
well. Also, it is only in recent years that the internet has become all
pervasive. Do you have a theory?\
As for the Wprost article on the Polish survivors, absolutely - we would
love to read your translation if you can find it.
From: "b.davoust" <b.davoust@...
My name is Barbara Davoust (née Jachowicz) -- my sister Teresa Daigle in
London, Ontario wrote to you yesterday. I did try to subscribe last week
sometime and only managed to fill out the form to join Yahoo Groups.
Anyway, if you want some information: like Teresa, my mother, Malgorzata
Kazimierczak, was deported to Siberia, along with her mother in June 1940.
They lived in the area around Nowogrodek. I am personally interested in
history, and several years ago asked my mother for information about this
deportation. I also studied Russian language, literature and history while
at the University of Toronto and have since then been interested in Eastern
Europe generally, and in the evolution of these countries in the past 12
I am going to Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia for a vacation in 10 days. I was
planning to go to Vilnius (ex-Wilno) to look around. I will take
photographs of the old city, which apparently did not suffer much in WW2,
but probably has suffered more from Soviet-era neglect. (This trip in fact
was decided spontaneously because one of my sons spent a week in Riga,
Latvia in March for a meeting of technology students and thought it was
Linked to the Polish deportations to Siberia, I also read with interest the
articles on the net about Polish soldiers in Scotland, since our father,
Jozef Jachowicz, was part of the Polish Second Army Corps, not through
Siberia, but by having escaped from Poland at the very beginning of the war,
via Hungary, Yugoslavia to France, then to Britain. This interest is
maintained by my second son who is 17 and is very interested in WW2 and has
been surfing Anders websites for months.
I too have a question: why the sudden interest in all this? It looks like
all these groups are quite recent. I suppose these are mostly the second
generation of the deportees?
In France there is a weekly newspaper called Courier International, to which
I subscribe. It consists of translations of newspaper and magazine articles
from all over the world, mostly on current events. In 1999, there was an
article from the Polish magazine Wprost about the efforts of the survivors
of Siberian deportations living in Poland who are trying to get compensation
from the Russian government. It must exist in the Wprost archives, or if
you are interested, I can try and look in my computer to see if I still have
it (I translated it from French to English).
I am not sure what kind of information you want -- let me know if there is
something else I can tell you. I will be here (I live in Toulouse, France)
until July 16th, then after the 30th of July.