Terry - Yes, my grandfather did the same thing. He moved things to different locations and stayed away for a time. My aunt and granduncle both wrote in theirMessage 1 of 41 , Jun 30, 2007View SourceTerry -
Yes, my grandfather did the same thing. He moved things to different
locations and stayed away for a time. My aunt and granduncle both wrote
in their ankiety that consistently before deportation, their households
were subject to intrusion/harassment/screaming tirades where food,
livestock, grain, etc. were taken at any time, but usually in the middle
of the night? I am going to have to refresh my memory on this. The
Soviets and Ukrainians were repeatedly and consistently looking for guns
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, terry polewski <tpolewski@...>
>move many of their 'good belongings' (from Hallerowa) as well as farm
> After the Russians had invaded Poland my grandfather had started to
supplies and some produce to my grandmothers' parents farm in
Medwedowka. My grandfather's declaration to Anders' stated that very
often in the fall of '39 Soviet military personel as well as appointed
Ukrainians would come in to inspect the house and it's contents and on
many of those first appearances small items ie. jewelry or silverware
went missing. But it was these inspections that made him suspicious and
why he started to move their belongings. These trips were all done at
night and he had to be back by morning so noone would see him gone or
that he moved this stuff. He was aware the farm would be taken because
these trips were done in preperation to move the family in with my
great-grandparents.They had been in their area for generations and were
presumed to not be moved. Instead, out of necessity, they moved in with
> Polish neighbours (Magnuszewski) who also had a generational farm andnot forced out at that time or subjected to the searches. The
Anders'document, as well as my aunts recollections state the newly
appointed Ukrainian council arrived one day late fall (after their many
visits) and explained they had to leave, but were allowed a few items
from the farm-cow, pig, a few chickens... but all else must stay. From
the windows of the Magnuszewski's she could often these locals working
on their farm.
> My aunt has said thechildren were not allowed outside very much whileat the Magnuszewsk'is and it only hit me recently from the last weeks
postings that maybe my grandparents feared for their safety if there had
killings or even rumours of them. Lastly my father has said that my
grandfather was well aware (in the fall of '39) his participation in the
Polish-Soviet War would cause them problems.
> As so many others they were 'relocated' in Feb '40.the spoils, property livestock, houses, etc... "
> Terry Polewski
> Windsor, Canada
> roman skulski romed46@... wrote:
> You wrote "once the Polish people were deported, the locals divided up
> Can you tell me where you found this information.
> R. Skulski
> Poland and WW II 1939-1945
Terry, I agree with you also. The terror for the Polish people of Kresy must have started right on Sept. 17, 1939 , when Russia invaded Poland from the east.Message 41 of 41 , Jul 4, 2007View Source
I agree with you also. The terror for the Polish people of Kresy must have started right on Sept. 17, 1939 , when Russia invaded Poland from the east.
I’m sure the adults knew right off the bat that hell was on it’s way. The wasted no time at all. And within 3 weeks, all hell broke loose as the Russians imposed a new local regime.
We talk about the horrors of the Siberian deportations and the Siberian imprisonment and the escape via Persia, the UPA butchering of those that were not deported, etc.. But I can’t imagine the fear they must have endured from Sept 17, 1939 to when the first deportations took place on Feb 10, 1940.
Those 4-5 months of waiting to see what would happen? What was that like? What happened in those months as the Russians demanded that all ex soldiers report to the NKVD offices, the order and searches for any weapons, guns rifles ,… the discrimination at the hands of the locals, possessions being stolen, confiscated, fearing for the safety of your loved ones, your wife, your children, your old helpless grandparents,, etc..
What did really happen then ?
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