My mum and her brother were part of a small handful of Jewish people who were on her transport in late January 1940. She had virtually no contact with any Jewish people for her entire six years while she was in Siberia. She returned to Lodz and stayed on as a factory worker for four years after the war despite the fact that not one single member of her family survived.
Despite her personal tragedy, Mum always made sure I understood that in Siberia "everyone suffered equally" and "starvation was the great equalizer."
Having been away for a few days and returning to the rhetoric on our list totally threw me for a loop. We would all do well to consider the sources they are being quoted, particularly when certain interests and individuals touting themselves as academics and experts have hidden (and-not-so- hidden) agendas to divide people and stir up hatred and discrimination. We are a vulnerable group. Why don't we agree to recognize xenophobia when we see it and move on?
We all came here to prove that we can overcome these enormous human obstacles, learn about our past collective past, make peace and pave the way for a better world. Is this not what we all want?
The Kresy Siberia list has been a beacon of light in the dark of winter for many of us. I learn so much here, and I know many others join me in this sentiment. Let's keep fighting the good fight and continue to shed light on the topic of Kresy Siberia. All in favour (I hope??!?!)?
Hello Bronek -
I would say that your train contained this disproportionate number of 90% Polish Jews because this was the predominant ethnic makeup of the area you were from. As we know, the trains were filled with Polish citizens from particular townships or geographical areas of Kresy. I have never read anywhere that the majority of deportees were Jewish. To the contrary, in all books and sources that I have read, ethnic Poles are always noted as the majority of Siberian deportees.
<...> I don't know how typical my experience was, but I estimated that the train in which I had been deported to Siberia in 1940 had 2000 Polish prisoners of which 90 % were Jews and only 10% Christians. This number was confirmed in a report by a Polish consular official Jan Muc. Amazingly, I found that report at the Hoover Institution and posted it on these pages about a year ago. <...>
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