Welcome to the group. I read your Email and description what your family went through. I know because I was there and I know how it was - there were three epidemics: typhus, malaria and dysentery and people were dying like flies. How many people died and where they were burried we probably will never know. They were just burried in mass graves sometimes without coffins. I myself went through typhus and the fact that I survived I probably owe to the fact that my dad , a doctor, took with him, when we were being deported, a big box of all kinds of samples of medicines from different countries that were sent to him as samples. So, I was probably the best treated person in the the Soviet Russia. Sure there were hospitals in Russia but the sick were sent there just to die. The situation that I am writing about was in the south of Russia when we came there from the north in search of the Polish Army, sometimes in spring of 1942. Taking in consideration the above, I understand that it will be difficult to find out what happened to your relatives. But keep trying - maybe....
---- Tadeusz Grycuk <tgrycuk@...
> Hello everyone,
> I have joined the group recently because my mother who is 87 and in poor health,
> has, over the last few months, finally given me details of what she and her
> family went through at the hands of the Russians in 1940. We live in Rochdale ,
> Lancashire , England.
> My mum, Maria Czerenkiewicz was taken from her home in Krzywoszyn (now in
> Belarus) on 10th Feb. 1940 together with her father Jan and mother Antonina and
> cousin Tekla Malewicz and after 2 weeks being held in Baranovich was transported
> with many others to Kubalo labour camp in the Archangelsh Oblast. After many
> months of hard labour in the forest in sub zero temperatures her father fell ill
> and died. My mum and her mother and cousin survived the conditions until the so
> called "amnesty". They made their way, with the help of my future father (Jan
> Grycuk) and his family to Uzbekistan to try and escape the Soviet repression. My
> father joined the Polish Army in Kermine, whilst my mother and her family
> endured the dreadful conditions in a village near the the Uzbek town of
> Kysyltepa, about 30 kilometres from Kermine. Here my mother lost both her mother
> and cousin. Both died in the local hospital. My mother went to the hospital to
> see how they were, but was just told that they had died and given no more
> information !
> Shortly after this my mum was taken by ship across the Caspian sea to Pahlevi in
> Persia and then to Teheran. Very soon after arriving there she was transported
> via Karachi to East Africa to a camp in Masindi. She was to live there for 6
> years until she joined up with my father in the U.K.
> They made a life together in Rochdale near Manchester.
> If anyone can give my any idea how I can find out were my mothers mum and cousin
> were finally laid to rest after dying in the Hospital in Kysyltepa, I would
> appreciate it. I have tried sending an e-mail to the Polish Embassy in
> Uzbekistan, but have had no reply. It would be of great comfort to my Mum if I
> could get this information. She is not very well and time is precious.
> Thank you.
> Tadeusz Jan Grycuk
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