Hi Julia Thank you so much for this I have forwarded it to the group. PS we should catch up for a pre-Wigilia drink in Sydney this year! -- Stefan
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Re: Re TengeruHi Julia
Thank you so much for this – I have forwarded it to the group.
PS we should catch up for a pre-Wigilia drink in Sydney this year!
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From: "Julia Wach" Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 00:04:39 +1100 Subject: Re Tengeru
I originally sent you the email below about my Grandfather, Bronislaw Wach, a soldier in the Polish army in World War 2 about a year ago.
My cousin has now uploaded video footage of the Polish Graves in Kanimech Uzbekistan that I thought might be of interest to some of your site visitors. Also it would be good to publicise somehow on your site that the graves of 337 Polish soldiers are buried there as there may be other Polish people out there wanting to know where their grandfathers, who were soldiers in the Polish army, might be buried.
The link to the story about the Polish Graves in Uzbekistan is now this:
The footage of the search for the Polish graves can be downloaded (best if you have high speed internet to view) and contains a snapshot of some of the names. It is possible that someone viewing might see the name of their grandfather there.
-----Original Message----- From: Julia Wach Sent: Thursday, 16 September 2004 1:53 Subject: Re Tengeru
Dear Steve and Stephan
Thank you very much for your informative website, http://www.aforgottenodyssey.com. My father, Richard Wach (born 1939) was a young child in Poland when he was deported with his parents Bronislaw Wach and Katarzyna Wach to Siberia. (Bronislaw Wach had been born in Rhode Island USA and then moved back to Poland at some point in his youth whereupon he married Katarzyna). After the amnesty was granted, Richard Wach and his brother Stanislaw Wach and their mother Katarzyna were then sent to Tengeru camp in Africa where his mother (Katarzyna Wach) died and is buried. I have attached some photos in relation to Katarzyna below. Richard's father, Bronislaw Wach died in World War 2. We never knew WHERE or WHEN he died or the circumstances until I began doing some research on the Internet around the year 2000. My father and his brother were orphaned from a very young age. All they were told was that his father had died in World War 2. They had no idea where he was buried.
Many people may not be aware that you can track down your relative's military records (if he was in the Polish army during World War 2) and also, importantly (in my case) the cause of death and the burial place by calling the Polish Records section, Ministry of Defence Archives in London. I live in Sydney Australia and did this a couple of years ago. I called and the gentleman who worked there at the time (and may still) offered to get my grandfather's file out for me. He then went and found Bronislaw Wach's file, I called back from Australia and he read it out to me over the phone. This enabled me to find out where Bronislaw Wach was buried and solve a mystery that had persisted in our family for 60 or more years. Here is what was read out to me:
completed 7 classes of primary school.
rank - private
Deported from Poland to Siberia.
liberated and upon release joined the Polish forces in the USSR on 28th February 1942. Joined the Anders Army in the USSR and going to the Middle East when he died.
Died on 27th July 1942 of a disease in Kenimech, Russia (now Uzbekistan).
Buried in Grave No 163-1 at Kenimech Cemetary, Uzbekistan. Grave No 163-1
Here is where it gets interesting. My cousin Christian Wach went to Uzbekistan and found the grave. At Kanimech in Uzbekistan there is a Polish graveyard where hundreds of Poles are buried, and I suspect many of the their families (like us for 60 years) do not even know their relatives are buried there. He has photographs and the story up on this website - here is the link:
If you scroll down you can see the wonderful memorial plaque with the names of all the Polish soldiers buried there including the name of my grandfather, Bronislaw Wach. I only wish Christian had photographed all the names on the memorial plaque so that we could post them on your website for the benefit of people who may discover, at long last, where their grandfather or loved ones are buried.
When my cousin went to Uzbekistan and found the graveyard he was told by the local carer for the cemetary that he was the first relative to visit the Polish graveyard looking for their ancestors in 60 YEARS!!! (i.e. ever).
Christian Wach also recorded documentary footage of the cemetary which he is due to send me shortly (he recorded it using a video camera). He recorded an hour long interview with the cemetary's historian (in Russian) which has not as yet been translated to English. I have yet to see this footage myself but should receive it within the next month or so.
I believe that relatives of some people who contribute to your website (or perhaps read it) may be buried there and yet they do not know it. It took substantial research before I discovered my grandfather was buried there myself.
I hope this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me and thanks again for maintaining your wonderful website.
I've attached 3 photos below. One is of Katarzyna's grave at Tengeru. A Polish passport issued at Tehran. And her death certificate. Apparently she died of malaria at Tengeru. I don't know if these photos will be of interest to other people. It's up to you if you think they are appropriate for the website or not.
I will ask my parents to see what photos they have of Tengeru. My father Richard Wach now lives in New Zealand (although he did live in Canada for many years before that) and is 65 years old. I live in Sydney Australia.
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