Polish Ankieta document from Anders collection
I have been asked to share the following documents, found by Irene in the Hoover Institution Anders Collection, with the group - and to get them transcribed and translated.
Our member Maria Szonert-Binienda has volunteered to translate... thank you!
These are scans of a Polish handwritten 2-page "Ankieta" (or deposition) from the Anders Collection in the Hoover Institute. It was written by one of the 115,000 who made it out the Soviet Union, and talks of the entry of the Red Army in September 1939 and the following October's "referendum" on joining the USSR.
Anders and the Polish government-in-Exile were keen to document the irregularities of the 'farcical" referendum that "requested" the USSR to "admit" the former Polish Kresy provinces - now under Soviet Red Army occupation - into the Soviet Union. Perhaps they hoped to reverse the annexation after the war. I believe that there are thousands of such documents that survived, and that are found on file in the Anders Collection.
Here are the original two pages (note the 2nd one is very dark as the original was very indistinct)
From: "Czernichowska, Irene " <Czernichowska@...>
... I have found one reference - Nebesny Jozef - in the Ministry of Information and Documentation Collection, among the reports written by the witnesses of the Soviet invasion on the Eastern territories in Poland, in October 1939....