I have just got my copy of the Who Do You Think You Are Family History
Magazine. Inside there is an offer of tickets for the exhibition in February at
London Olympia. We are planning to visit. The offer is for two tickets for the
cost of £25. Just visit their website www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk and
enter the code you find in the magazine.
Maybe you people already know about this offer, but just in case I thought I
would post this to the group.
From: John Halucha <john.halucha@...
Sent: Friday, 3 September, 2010 11:23:55
Subject: Re: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: burial
Like your father and Barb's, mine survived the USSR to join Anders and soon
after transfer to the Polish Forces in Britain (1st Polish Armoured Division in
my Dad's case).
I am also curious about the route from Persia to the UK. My father passed
through Palestine, but I am not aware of a detour through India. Do you have any
dates for various legs of your father's journey?
If his route took him through the huge Polish camps at Pietermaritzburg in South
Africa, you might be interested in some of the photos in the album at
There are several unidentified Polish soldiers featured there, and maybe you
will recognize someone.
I have also been searching for my father's "amnesty"/travel documents from the
USSR, but since he transferred to the UK the records are not as simple to find
as they are for those who stayed with Anders. But my uncle, like yours, stayed
with the 2nd Corps after departing the USSR, and the Hoover Institution at
Stanford University has several documents that threw a lot of light on what he
endured. In addition to a copy of the travel document, I got a copy of a
deposition my uncle wrote in his own hand. You may be able to find similar
documents for your Uncle Julek - and maybe for your father, too.
Write an e-mail requesting any information and copies of documents pertaining to
your relative. You can use this point-form format to ease research. (Remove
suggestions given here between brackets.)
Family Name: (include alternative spellings)
Mother: (including maiden name in brackets, if known)
Transport: (Last known location and occupation in Poland, military service prior
to and in 1939, when departed Poland and under what circumstances. Details could
assist finding documents.)
Army service: (Mention when the soldier came under British Command, any details
of units, rank, military decorations, dates and locations of action or service,
You could begin with an e-mail inquiry. If you are notified that documents have
been found, you can request that copies be mailed to your postal address.
Good luck in your quest.
Sault Ste Marie, Canada
From: barb_soja_revoet <beemail27@...
Sent: Fri, September 3, 2010 2:03:20 AM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: burial
Welcome to the Group!
I read your post with interest and a little confusion. Was it your father who
was in the Air Force? If he joined in the USSR, he didn't join the Air Force
right away. He originally signed up for Anders Army. At that time in the USSR,
there was only one Polish army. Your father was probably transferred to the Air
Force later on when he was in the Middle East.
My father followed a similar path. He ended up fighting under the 1st Polish
Armoured Division out of Scotland and arrived in Britain in late 1942 or early
1943. He also traveled from Capetown.
I am curious if my father followed your father's route through India. Do you
have any records or pictures of your father's trek through India?
I wonder if they were on the same ship from Capetown to Britain. That would be
interesting to find out. Do you know if your father was being transferred to
train to become a paratrooper? That is the story my father always told us,
although we have no record of his training. The records we received from the
Ministry of Defense only show him being transferred to the 1st Polish Armoured
Division. I wonder if there are more detailed records out there.
If you find out the name of your father's ship out of Capetown, please let me
know. I have a feeling it's the same one my father was on. Thanks.
Barbara Soja Revoet
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, ANN SIBURUTH <ann.siburuth@...> wrote:
> Hello Everybody, I am a new member of the group, and would like to introduce
> myself, and also try to help if I can. My father was born in Eastern Poland,
> and our family name is Wojturski. He was arrested with his oldest brother
> Julek, and their mother on Saturday 10th February 1940 in the village of
> Oryzkowce and transported to Siberia. For some strange reason the middle
> brother Juzek wasn't arrested, but there was a much worse fate for him and his
> family. They were first sent to a place called Juzny-Leso-Punkt, and then
> to another place in Altajski Kraj. However I do not know the camp. If anyone
> can help me with this I would be most pleased.
> I have a copy of his Air Force record, and he joined somewhere in U.S.S.R. His
> brother Julek joined "Anders Army" and was sent to Palestine, and fought at
> Monte Cassino. My grandmother is buried in Dulhab cemetery in Teheran, where
> she died of Typhus. I know that they were in Samarkand in September 1941, and
> were sent to work on the collective farms. The conditions were most terrible
> with the cold, snow and having to sleep out in the open.
> I would love to know what ships my dad travelled on - across the Caspian Sea
> to Persia, then onto Bombay in India, and then to Capetown South Africa. He
> came to England in 1942, but I cannot find the name of the ship he came on.
> help would be greatly appreciated.
> I have received an e-mail from a lady who is trying to find her grandmother's
> grave in Khazakistan - The Sikorski Institute and Museum in London has helped
> a lot in finding out more about my Dad. Their address is: 20 Princes Gate,
> London SW7 1PT. I also received much help from Poland regarding my
> grandmother's burial in Teheran. Rada Ochrony Pamieci Walk I Meczenstwa,
> Warszawa, Ul. Wspolna 2, Poland. They are the people who help trace graves of
> the Polish people who died coming out of Siberia. Maybe they could help. I
> also contacted the International Red Cross in Geneva, but they had no records
> my family.
> I also have another website address of all Polish people deported to Siberia -
> KARTA Centre (Osrodek KARTA), UL.nARBUTTA 29, 02-536, Warszawa. E-mail
> I hope this information is useful. My last question is does anyone know how to
> obtain copies of the exit visas the Polish people needed to leave U.S.S.R. I
> would very much like to have a copy of my Dad's.
> Ann Siburuth (nee Wojturska)
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