Please welcome Stephan Landis to the group.
Stephan, I encourage you to scan and share your photos with the group (let
us know if you need help translating inscriptions or anything). My own aunt
is buried in the Polish Cemetery in Teheran (she was 16), and if you do go
there I would request that you take a photo of her grave for me. My father
was deported in 1940 as a boy of 9, and like yours, made it out through
Persia, Iraq and Palestine (he was with the Junacka Cadet School) and
finally via England to Canada.
If you would like, many of our members have received detailed records on
(1) Soviet deportation records from Moscow's Memorial Society
(2) Polish Cemetery records from the Embassy in Teheran
(3) Polish Army (under Allied command) records from the British Ministry of
(4) Polish Army and civilian records from the Anders collection at Hoover
Instructions for all these sources are located at
Stephan, we hope that you find this group helpful in our common goals of
"Research, Remembrance and Recognition" of the little-known experiences of
Stefan Wisniowski (moderator)
From: "Stephan J. Landis MD, FRCP(C)" <landis@...
Thank you, Mr. Wisniowski, I live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. My
grandparents and father (Szuszkiewicz), originally from Ottynia near
Stanislawow (now Ivano Frankovsk), were deported to Kazakhstan around 1940.
My grandfather is buried in the "Catholic cemetery" in Teheran. Although my
late father rarely talked about those days, he did at one point trace out
his route out from Kazakhstan, through Persia, Iraq to Palestine. My father,
by himself, eventually reached England by boat via Karachi, Bombay, Durban,
and was even shipwrecked off the coast of Sierra Leone on the Empress of
Canada in 1943.
Clearly, I would like to put some of these details in some sort of
historical perspective for my children. I have a binder of written
correspondence, and some odd photos, from those Teheran days 1942-44, all in
Polish, which I hope to translate sometime. My Polish is unfortunately
limited now that the Polish-speaking generation in my family has passed on.
I shall be moving to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in the fall for some
contract work, and hope to make a side trip to Teheran within the next year.
I am interested in other people's experiences who have been there.
Stephan Landis MD, FRCP(C)