Hello, I am a new member and would like to share my history with you. Perhaps there is someone out there that may be recognize or guide me in my search for myMessage 1 of 65 , Feb 12, 2003View SourceHello,I am a new member and would like to share my history with you. Perhaps there is someone out there that may be recognize or guide me in my search for my roots. My summary follows:My search centres around my Father, Andreas Tesluk.Some background history:I was born Alexandra Tesluk in the deported persons camp #36/4 in Hannover, Germany on September 28, 1946. The official name of the camp was Lager Mockernstrasse. I have received a copy of my birth certificate confirming all of this but it gives little information on my father.I also have a sister, Maria who was born in July of 1943. Her place of birth was either in Pologne or Lahodow.My mother was Olga (Helka, Helena) Tesluk whose date of birth was May 11, 1907. Her place of birth could have been Jaskioci or Laskowec, district of Ternobil ~~ my spelling is probably incorrect here. My mother Olga, sister Maria and myself immigrated to Canada in 1948 on the ship Aquitania, port of entry Halifax, Nova Scotia. My father did not accompany us. I was told he remained in Hannover, Germany and then made his way to England and again returned to Germany. By this time we had departed for Canada. My mother passed away in October of 1986 in Toronto, Canada. She shared very little information about my father, Andreas.It is only recently that I learned that he did not pass away as I was led to believe. I was told as a child he went to England and died there.The background history on my father is limited but I will share what I know. He was (is) Andreas Tesluk. He took on my mother's surname as he was frightened and traumatized from the war. He felt he would be sent to Siberia and may very well have become a prisoner of war at some point. Somehow he ended up in England and it is believed that he may have had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized. He has distinguishing features in that he has missing fingers from his left hand (he may have been tortured). I have no information on where my father was born but I do know that my parents met at the displaced persons camp in Hannover and never married. There is a possibility that Andreas had an existing family or perhaps new family after the war. There could also be children that he had before or after my birth that I am not aware of. There was a comment from a family member that after some time, he may have passed away and was buried in a paupers grave in England.I have a few photographs of my father, Andreas and I am willing to post these or share with anyone who is interested. I have a strong need to find some history on my father. It is very important to me and my family that we have some roots. I am not here to judge my parents as I am sure circumstances and hardships that prevailed made their lives very difficult.The following family information is on my mother's side - TESLUKMy grandmother was Tekla Schneizeck and she passed away in 1965 at the age of 93 in Krakow, Poland, Szczepanski. I have a copy of her death announcement but it does not give family names or details. I do know that Tekla has 2 sons, Michel and Vladimir and 4 daughters, Stella (Stanislawa), Josefa, Olga, and Maria.My grandfather was Dinta (Demko) Tesluk and was Ukrainian but unfortunately I have no information on him. I understand the name Dinta may be short form for Damien. I believe he passed away in his early 40's leaving Tekla with a small family to raise.My mother Olga, had two brothers. Michel Tesluk who was born in Lahodow, Poland on September 22, 1900 and passed away in 1971. Michel Tesluk was married to Anna Wydash. They had a son Robert who was born in 1932 and is still living in Paris, France. I have contacted Robert and he has provided me with some information but only on his father's side.Another brother, Vladimir Tesluk was born in 1911 and passed away in 1971. He, too, lived in France. He was married to Marie Pankow.My mother's sisters were: Stella (Stanislawa) Tesluk who was born November 1, 1902 in Lwow, Poland and passed away on July 9, 1990 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She immigrated to Canada in approximately 1921 arriving in Sault Ste Marie and was married to Kozak, became widowed and then went on to live in Thunder Bay in 1939. At this time she re-married her second husband, Harry Wowk. She had 4 children, Peter, Mary, Olga and Edward.Another sister, Josefa Tesluk lived in Poland and had a daughter. She married Kolodziejczak. Apparently she remained in Poland. She has a granddaughter by the name of Mande. I believe Josefa lived in Krakow, Poland.The last sister was Maria Tesluk and she married Stefan Horopeckyj. They had a daughter Helene and she married Joseph Bellato. Helene had two sons, Guy and Philippe. They lived in France. I have no further information on them.If anyone has any information that will enable me to simplify my search or information on the above mentioned family members, please do not hesitate to contact me. I have contacted the Red Cross, written to London, England and also contacted the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen. I have photographs of my Grandmother, Mother and Father, Uncles and Aunts that I am willing to share.I can be reached via email at agibson7497@...I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for whatever assistance, advice or direction you may offer.Most sincerely,Alexandra Tesluk GibsonToronto, Canada
Hello Christopher, I would like to wish you a warm welcome to our Kresy site, I m sure it will surprise you in many ways & keep you busy but it is well worthMessage 65 of 65 , May 31, 2012View SourceHello Christopher,I would like to wish you a warm welcome to our Kresy site, I'm sure it will surprise you in many ways & keep you busy but it is well worth all the work you put in to answer your queries ok?Good luck.Cynthia Pukiello(UK)From: Christopher MankaSent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:48 PMSubject: [Kresy-Siberia (est.2001)] New member
just a short note to introduce myself - my mothers family were originally from outside Bialystok, and were deported by the Russians into Siberia. My mother (Marysia Szuchnik) was the youngest of 7 children, and was 7 at the time. She was orphaned in Siberia, but then re-connected with an older sister, and the two of them spent the rest of the war in Uganda. My Uncles made it to Palestine where they re-grouped. Eventually my mother, aunt & two uncles came to England, and made a home in Manchester. Mum and one of her brothers (Kazik) are the only remaining family members, though Kazik is currently very ill.
This period of my mothers' life has always fascinated me - even the logistics of moving so many people at once halfway around the world are daunting, let alone the fact that families actually managed to stay together to some degree.
I'm hoping to find out more, and am especially keen to find any documentation pertinent to my mothers journey. I, my sister and my niece will get Mum's story onto the site over time - as I am sure everyone can testify, you get the story only in snippets.
If there is anyone who knows anything about the Szuchnik family, do let me know.