... Elizabeth, Many thanks for replying to my posting. I must admit I was a little puzzled by some of the details on my father s record, but things areMessage 1 of 4 , Aug 20, 2007View Source
Elizabeth Olsson wrote:
If you check the Index Represjonowanych for my father you will find that he followed exactly the same route as your father!
My dad was in the Polish army and was arrested the day after yours in Tarnopol and went to all the same camps.
I do have some notes written by my dad but they’re in Polish and I’ve never translated them properly but from what I can see at a rough glance is that the camp at Krzywy Rog was called Tetkino and it was here they worked in the iron ore mine. Later in Komi they worked on the railway line from Kniaz-Pogost to Uchta.
My father joined Anders army at Tatiszczewo on 4 Sept 1941. I see that your father’s record says Archangielsk 4 Sept 1941, which is a bit strange cos as far as as know, you couldn’t join up as far north as Archangielsk; the joining places were all in the south of USSR, see the maps on the Gallery.
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Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Help interpreting the Indeks Represjonowanych
I'm new to the group.
My name is Patrick Micel and I am 57 years old. I have lived in France
since 1984 where I work as a French/English translator. Although my
father was Polish, I only speak English and French.
My father Ferdynand Micel lived in Bialystok and was a keen pilot. He
was arrested in 1939 and sent to Siewzeldorlag camp. From there he was
transferred to Juza camp and joined General Anders' army via Archangielsk.
He is listed as number 106296 on the Indeks Represjonowanych.
What I would like help understanding is:
1. My father is listed a being arrested on 17th September 1939 in
Tarnopol. On 11th September 1940 he is given as being at Siewzeldorlag.
Should I understand 17th September 1939 (the date of the Russian
invasion of Eastern Poland) as the date he was sent to Siewzeldorlag? If
not, what was happening to him between 17th September 1939 and 11th
September 1940? Was there a camp in Tarnopol?
2. I always understood my parents to say that my father's labour camp
was one in which they mined iron-ore. All the references to
Siewzeldorlag say it was set up to build a railway. Does anyone know if
there was any iron-mining at Siewzeldorlag, or was this at some other camp?
3. Can anyone help me translate the rest of his record? I attach a
transciption of the entry together with my very amateurish attempt at a
translation (Word file).
Many thanks for any help or info.
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Many thanks for replying to my posting.
I must admit I was a little puzzled by some of the details on my father's record, but things are gradually starting to come a little clearer.
I knew my father's birthplace was given as Berdzansk and wondered if Krzywy Rog was a suburb of Berdzansk. In fact I now see it's bigger than Berdzansk, and you tell me it was the site of the iron-mine Tetkino. That helps a lot.
In a separate posting you asked what my Dad was doing in Tarnopol. Well as far as I know he was a member of the fledgling Air Force branch of the Polish Army - I have lots of photos of him and other flyers that I will scan and send for the gallery.
Incidentally, I don't seem to be able to access the gallery. Is it closed for work or something?
All the best,