Sorry, I won't be able to help you very much, as I was born and bred in New Zealand. My family hails from the Lwow region, currently in Ukraine, which is quite far from the Wilno district, where your Michal was from. (Even if you hadn't mentioned he was a native of Wilenszczyzna [the Wilno area], I'd have guessed it going by his name - typical of that part of the world.) There is a town on the outskirts of Wilno city called Nowa Wilejka, but another one called Wilejka much further to the east. Oszmiana is, roughly, between Wilno and Wilejka. All these places were located in the pre-war Wilno Province. Nowadays, Wilejka and Oszmiana are in White Ruthenia (Belarus), whereas Nowa Wilejka, like Wilno itself, is occupied by Lithuania.
I wish you success in your endeavours.
Cordial greetings from Kiwiland,
----- Original Message ----
From: cynthia134461 <cynthiapukiello22@...
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 2:20:39 AM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] A question please
After reading your e-mail to a member of the group I am taking this
opportunity to ask you a little about your place of residence in or
near Vilno which is about the nearest I have come to someone who was
from the same village as my late husband Michael.
I have been with the group 12 months only as I had never used a
before & please allow mistakes as I am one of the 'old biddies'(84)
I have such a lot to ask you but can I ask you if this is ok first
I will understand if you are too busy.
Michael Pukiello dob 291122
MOD address for him is No 12 ulan street Wilejka, Wilno, Poland but
from Hoover Institute USA his address is Oszmania, which has
troubled me a little.
I have had a lot of help from the group moderators & I am waiting
for replies from different sources but just will try anything to
find what actually happened to Michael before he joined Anders Army
in USSR as he never did tell me.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Cynthia Pukiello (I am english with very limited Polish.)
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