Please welcome Darren King to the group. Darren, if you had any of the
details of the deportees (names, birth dates, village of residence,
deportation dates) it is possible that one of the databases might yield
particulars on where they were sent and when - and perhaps how they got out
(especially if they ended up in Siberia).
As our group grows, the chances of shared places of origin increases.
> From: Darren King <kingdar@...>
> Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 20:22:14 -0800 (PST)
> To: Stefan Wisniowski <swisniowski@...>
> Subject: Re: Kresy-Siberia group
> Dear Mr. Wisniowski,
> Thank you for your message. My name is Darren King,
> and I am a student at the University of Michigan.
> For a number of years, I have been researching my
> family history, and the history of the communities
> where they lived. My grandfather's family (we are
> Jewish) came from Volhynia. They lived in several
> small towns near Kovel, including Turiysk (Turzysk),
> Kupichev (Kupiczow) and Ozeryany (Jezierzany).
> I am particularly interested in Kupichev, which was
> one of the larger Czech colonies in Volhynia. A small
> number of Jewish families (about 30-40) lived there
> also, including mine (my grandfather's father and
> sisters were born there). My grandfather's first
> cousin inherited the family business, which was a
> flour mill. After the Soviet invasion, the family
> (the two parents and their two young children) was
> deported in 1940, together with a Czech mill-owning
> family and the local Polish policemen. I do not know
> whether they were sent to Siberia or to Kazakhstan.
> My grandfather's cousin and his wife died there, but
> their children survived, and after the war made it to
> Israel. They will not speak, however, about their
> experiences during the war.
> I am not only interested in researching my own family,
> but in the general history of the communities where
> they lived. If any members of the group lived near
> Kupichev, I would be very interested in hearing from
> them. Very near to Kupichev were several Polish
> estates, including Lityn, Nyry, and Nowy Dwor, whose
> owners were all related to each other (their names
> were Sumowski, Chmielowski, Langiert). Many were
> deported to Kazakhstan during the war, and survived.
> Stefan Sumowski, the owner of the Lityn estate, was
> the uncle of Romuald Spasowski, the Polish ambassador
> to the US who defected here in the early 1980's (his
> autobriography, The Liberation of One, was my main
> source of information about the Polish estate owners
> near Kupichev).
> If anyone comes from this area, I would be very
> interested in getting in touch with them (some of the
> other towns/villages in this area included Kisielin,
> Adamowka, Aleksandrowka-Holendry, Ossowskie Budy,
> Verbichno/Wierzbiczno, Osiekrow, Osmigowicze).
> I found this site by during a search in Yahoo under
> "kresy" (I have found that a number of the sites about
> the kresy wschodnia have information about Volhynia on
> Well, thank you again for your message, and I look
> forward to being part of the group. And if anyone
> knows of any resources out their for Volhynian
> historical research, please let me know. Thanks.
> Darren King
> Ann Arbor, Michigan