Please welcome Martin Serkosky (originally Srokowski) from Winnipeg
(Manitoba) Canada, to the group.
Martin, when the Karta database for Tarnopol deportations is up, it would be
worth checking for your Borowski cousin.
I understand that prior to WW1, masses of people from Austrian-occupied
Galicia (both Ukrainian and Polish) emigrated to Manitoba and parts west in
Canada, where they lived in harmony in their transplanted communities.
We welcome the historical Kresy connection, and wish you many positive
interactions with the group.
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
> From: "srokowski2002" <serkosky@...>
> My name is Martin Serkosky and I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (as
> was my Dad). Our real surname is Sorokowski, but I use the handle "Srokowski"
> as I believe (looked at old Roman Catholic Church records) that was the
> original name.
> I'm one of the many descendants of Polish Eastern Galician
> immigrants to Western Canada, who arrived before WW I. As my last
> direct link, my paternal grandmother died in 1971 when I was in my
> late teens, I have very little info on her family and her husband's
> family in the "old country".
> My grandparents' families lived around Kopyczynce (gramma was born in
> Kociubince and grampa at Oryszkowce). These towns would be in the province of
> Tarnopol and were very close to Czortkow and Husiatyn. My grandparents were
> descended from Polish families that had lived in what is now the country of
> Ukraine for a great deal of time. They were what you called "szlachta"
> What got me interested in your particular group was a story my Dad
> told me when I was a very young man, before I was really interested
> in my heritage. Dad told me an older cousin of his (a Borowski) in
> the forementioned area was sent to Siberia during WW II. At the
> conclusion of WW II, this Borowski cousin made it back to his home
> village and subsequently was deported to Siberia again. I never
> really pressed my Dad for details, as at the time I was really not
> all that interested. I can only remember Dad saying his cousin was of
> some importance, very pro-Polish, and quite vocal in his beliefs. Now
> I wish I would have pressed him for more information.
> I find your group very interesting, as it pertains to my Dad's Eastern Polish
> family. Thank you for all your work and dedication to this very relevant part
> of our history.
> Martin Serkosky