Please welcome Rachael Jarosh to the group.
Rachael, I would immediately direct you to the website
This has a rich set of links to various sites with background information.
It will take you hours to surf them all - it is like hitting a rich vein of
gold! There is a book in English that can be ordered at the link "Stalin's
Ethnic Cleansing" that tells the survivors' stories.
You may also wish to view the film documentary, which is excellent and
recounts the experiences of the survivors. While it has been shown on the
UK History Channel, it has not been broadcast in the US yet and is not yet
commercially distributed. However, the producers (Jagna and Aneta) have
made it available for viewing by Polonia groups and their guests. We do not
yet have a contact in Minnesota (closest is Wes in Chicago) - if you are
interested in organising something in MN please let me know!
If you wish to research your families records in the Soviet archives, Dr
Alexander Guryanov of the Polish Committee of Memorial in Moscow has kindly
offered to organise searches for our group members. Please visit the
website and check the previous messages for details (or e-mail me off list).
Finally, please visit our Kresy-Siberia website and read the archived
messages to catch up on the conversation and read some of the other members'
introductions. The group is still pretty new, but has nearly 60 members and
250 messages already.
Rachel, we have people in the group who personally (or their families) went
through Siberia and Persia, and some through the African and the Indian
refugee camps. I am sure that this growing group will help speed you on
your journey of discovery enormously. Please ask us any specific questions
and let us know how your research progresses.
> From: "rachael jarosh" <rjarosh@...>
> Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 16:23:25 -0600
> To: swisniowski@...
> Subject: Re: Kresy-Siberia Group
> Hello, and thank you for your message. As a note of introduction, I reside
> in Minnesota, United States and am a professional. I discovered your group
> while undertaking some genealogy research on the web, most notably looking
> for information on the Russian labour camps in Siberia and the displaced
> persons camps set up during World War II.
> Since my youth, I have been fascinated with my mother's experiences. My
> mother, who is now in her mid-60s, was born in Poland and deported to
> Russian Labor camps with her parents and grandparents. Later, they were
> transported through the Persian corridor and eventually settled into camps
> in Rhodesia, while my grandfather fought with the Allied Forces. She has
> many distinct experiences about her life but knows little of the facts about
> the places in which she lived.
> I am now actively searching for information about her experiences.
> Specifically, I am hoping to learn where in Siberia she was; any accounts
> memorialized of the labour camps (she remembers little); the route she and
> her mother were likely taken on from Siberia all the way through Persia; and
> what organization organized and ran the Rhodesian camp she lived in during
> the war.
> I do not know if you or your members can be of much assistance but I am
> interested in knowing of others interest level and experiences. I foresee a
> long research process ahead of me and look forward to sharing what I learn
> with others, and learning from others, as well.
> I look forward to hearing from you.
> R. Jarosh