I bought a great book by Urszula Muskus ( bought from her grandson in Inverness after seeing "The Way Back"). It's full of information about life in the camps - mostly post amnesty. She tells of the women being given "Tattoos" which were a letter and numbers written in black on white material which they had to sew onto their clothes. She does not mention what happened about the men.
All the best, Basia (UK)
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Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 9:11 PM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] From Linder - dad's tattoo's!
Thank you, all you folk's with really good ideas!!
This is what I need to do;
1] print off all I've just learnt from you all
2] sit down over the w/end, read it again
3] compose a letter, in Ukr, to family asking 'specific' questions. [there's only 2 still alive that knew dad at that time] Problem is; they only speak Ukr, I only speak Eng and 'Slav', our Lviv k-s member on 3 visits over there as our interpreter, is now in San Francisco! Never mind, his pal, Father Igor who lives in Lviv and checks my words in any letters to family, can post it from Lviv to their village, saving the chance of it 'going missing' at Lviv Airport!!
So, dad was the only 'bread-winner' in his family, aged 25 yrs, probably illiterate, farmer + working for local large land-owner.
Arrested for; next door neighbour/farmer had 3 daughters, dad + 2 pals 'fancied' them, girls dad asleep in horse-wagon in their front yard, drunk, dad + pals pulled horse-wagon into local pond, only 3' deep! Man woke up, chased them through fields with 'sythe', couldn't catch them, next day told local policeman [Ru or German?] All 3 arrested, night in nearest jail, then transfered to Lwow jail
But, I do know for sure, he was born 'Protsko Stakhnyk', nicknamed Prokip'. When he changed his name to Michal Stachnik, I don't know?. I think it was to have a 'more Polish' name to join the Polish Army?
I can't even phone any of them, [mobile phones there, no land-lines' in the village], and if I could, we wouldn't undersatand each other anyway! It's a bit like the whole village lives in a bubble, no contact with the outside world!! No wonder that they knew nothing about the war - no newspapers or TV in those days! Only what you were told by someone, who gave you info that was probably many weeks old
It's another world, to go to a place with no roads/no street-lights/no sewage/no shops/nothing but half-built houses/a very poor school [that's why I sent 8 computers over 2yrs ago], BUT, rhey love you, share what little they've got, ask for nothing, AND, I got officially married in dad's church 2 yrs go! WOW!, was that some 3 day party!!
Keep you idea's coming please, I'll be back as soon as poss!!
Thank you all again
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