As Stefan suggested once, maybe it's time to start re-indroducing
ourselves. As I don't write to the group often (though try to read
carefully) let me follow the pioneers.
At least five generations of my ancestors were born in Czernica
village of Brody region, near Podkamen, Ponikwa, Suhowola, Boratyn.
My grandparents Karp and Anna Okolita and my father Ivan were
deported after the war to Siberia (600 km to the north of Tomsk). I
should note that Stalin's repressions continued up until his death in
1953, and though these deportations was not called Polish operation
or ethnic purge, the same peoples from the same land were sent far
inland Russia until at least 1950, when full train has come from Lwow
to Tomsk, my father said.
Though my grandfather identified himself as Ukranian, his mother was
Polish and beared Bonkowska surname. He served in regular Polish army
in about 1927. In 1939 Russians came and bereaved the land and the
forest of him.
My grandparents were allowed to leave Siberia in 1956 only and they
immediately returned home. But my father has stayed here in Tomsk,
where I was born.
For several years I try to compile my family tree and find this
occupation very edifying and teaching. Many different people I met
having various opinions on the events in the past.
Maybe someone can help me in finding people bearing Okolita surname in
Poland? There should be at least several families living in the West
part of Poland. The web resources I've found all are in Polish.
For everyone interested in Brody area I've uploaded some pictures to
Photos/Polesie directory. Here's comments:
111 - Greek Catholic church in Pereleski
114, 118, 120 - a place where were village of Hucisko Brodske. It was
burned out in 1943 by UPA.
121 - Polish cemetery in former Hucisko Brodske.
144 - former Roman Catholic church in Czernica. It was shot by Russian
cannon with point-blank from 100m distance in 1944.
153 - Greek Catholic church in Czernica
159 - stone in Podkamen.
160 - Dominican cloister viewed from Podkamen stone.
168 - stone viewed from cloister.
169, 174, 175 - Dominican cloister in Podkamen
178 - me coming down from cloister.
More info about Podkamen at
More info about cloister at
Helen, thank you for giving me new name
>Wednesday, November 13, 2002, 7:11:32 AM, H.MacDonald wrote:
HM> Re: Yuri Okokti... Brody area...
HM> Hello Yuri!
HM> I, too, was in Brody and surrounding area nearly two years ago researching
HM> family places, etc. A beautiful area! Small world. My father and his
HM> family from there. You are in Russia? Where? Was your family Polish?
HM> Deported? when? To where? Archangelsk? As you note, there seem to be
HM> quite a few participants of the kressy site with roots from this small
HM> area... interesting... Helen.