Hi Elizabeth: A family friend, my uncle Edwin Witkowski (Trent), was from Wilno (Vilnius). He was sentenced to five years in a gulag for taking food to a relative's house. The Russians had designated the relative's house as being in Belarus while Edwin's home became part of Russian designated Lithuania. As an absurd result, he was accused of smuggling between the two newly established countries. He later went through Anders' Army, and then married/settled in England. He passed away a few years ago.
I doubt there is a connection if the name is a common one, but it is a small world and you never know. In any case, welcome to the group where you'll find valuable assistance, support, learning and information.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "elisabeth MARTINEAU" <elisabeth.martineau@...> wrote:
> Dear Bogdan,
> Thank you for your message. We have three things in common : our families
> (on my father's side) lived in Molczadz (I'm not yet if my ancestors were
> actually born in this town), my mother's name is Janina too and my paternal
> grandmother's name was Stanislawa née Borak.
> I am just at the beginning of my research and don't yet have a lot of
> information. I do plan to take time in July to pursue several contacts I
> have received through the discussion group, and I am very grateful for that.
> My father, Cezary Witkowski, was born in 1934 and was deported somewhere in
> Siberai with his mother in 1941. His father escaped to Lithuania to hide but
> was arrested and deported to a gulag in Siberia. He found my father and his
> wife after amnesty and then joined Anders in Iran. The family reunited lived
> in Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and finally, Bolton, England. My parents met in
> Bolton and emigrated to Canada in 1956.
> Like I said, I don't have a lot of details and I'm sorry to say that I know
> nothing about the church in Molczadz. And Witkowski is a very common name,
> which doesn't really help.
> Here is the link to a site that shows a chapel in Molczadz.
> I'll keep in touch once I know more.
> Many thanks
> De : Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com] De
> la part de Bogdan Wilamowski
> Envoyé : dimanche 3 juillet 2011 20:09
> À : Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> Objet : Re: [Kresy-Siberia] I'm a new member and would like to present
> Hallo Elizabeth.
> I was one of the original members of the Kresy Group, and your e-mail caught
> my eye.......it is the first time that I have Molczadz being mentioned, as
> this place is of great interest to me.
> My family were also form Molczadz, and I hope we could perhaps exchange
> notes, and see if we could assisit each others......My family lived in
> Molczadz (Catholic) until the onset of the war, my grandfather Jozef
> Wilamowski died in 1923, and is buried in the catholic church, also in the
> same year my aunt Wanda Wilamowska married Jozef Wysocki-Borejszo...my
> family were taken to siberia on the first transport 10th Feb 1940, family
> members, my grandmother Stanislawa Wilamowska nee Nowicka, my parents Edmind
> and Janina nee Piotrowska,my aunt Wanda Wysocka-Borejszo nee Wilamowska, and
> her 3 children.After the amnesty they followed the Gen Andres route fought
> in Mopnte Cassino, and came to England in 1947.
> My questions are : Is the church still standing in Moczadz. are there
> possibilites of contact to request/ask if any church records survived , do
> any fo the names I have given have any meaning to your family? do you still
> have family/contacts in Molczadz?..your surname Witkowski does sound
> familiar, unfortunately ther is no one alve whom I could ask, but I do
> believe the name is mentioned in my mothers little book she wrote in, Did
> your family live in the UK at any time?
> I would be most grateful, for any response.
> Kind Regards
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: elisabeth MARTINEAU <mailto:elisabeth.martineau@...>
> To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Friday, May 13, 2011 9:01 AM
> Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] I'm a new member and would like to present myself
> I am not only the daughter of two Poles who were deported during the Second
> World War, but also a journalist seeking information and hoping to write a
> book, from a woman's point of view based on what my paternal grandmother
> went through. I'm also interested in hearing about the psychological impact
> on us, second and third generation members of families who were deported. I
> was thrilled to discover this discussion group. Somehow everything I've
> heard up until now has taken a new dimension.
> Here is my very vague story. My father is still alive and well enough to
> give me as much detail as possible, but there are so many missing details :
> My maiden name is Witkowski and I was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada. I
> live in France with my French husband and three daughters.
> My father, Cezary, was born in 1934 in Molczadz, present-day Belarus, from
> where he was deported with his Mother, Stanislawa Borak, to Siberia, in
> 1941. His father, Josef Witkowski, was chief of police in Wilno at one point
> and hid somewhere on a farm in 1940 to avoid being captured. He was found a
> year later and sent to a gulag in Siberia. My father's brother, Zbigniew,
> who was twelve years older than him, was killed in the underground in 1940.
> But I don't know where.
> My father describes how they moved to his parents friends' apartment in
> hopes of not being found. The Russians came in the night and they had an
> hour to pack their bags
it was very cold and they waited a long time at the
> train station before boarding.
> My father has no idea of where he was in Siberia where he spent two years
> with a family in a village where there were a lot of Germany families who
> had arrived during WWI. My grandfather found them when he was released in
> 1943 (during Amnesty I suppose) and managed to find his wife and son. He was
> so thin, my father could hardly recognize him. I know that my grandfather
> was probably tortured and survived thanks to berries he ate in the forest.
> He didn't talk much, and that's part of the reason I have a hard time
> tracing back this story. My grandfather joined the Polish Army under Anders
> in Iran where my Grandmother and father joined him. They were in Lebanon, in
> Egypt and finally, in Bolton, England as of 1948 I believe. My parents met
> in Bolton, married in 1955, and emigrated to Canada without their parents,
> in 1956. Josef Witkowski died in 1969 and Stanislawa in 1966, just three
> days after I was born.
> This is generally all I know about my father's side of the family and if
> anyone could help me, like most of you I believe, I'm in need of more
> information about my roots.
> Briefly, my mother Janina Curyk, was born in Stojanow (near Lwow, Ukraine),
> in 1934 and was taken with her family to Germany near the end of the war.
> But I have a lot of information about this side of the family.
> Many thanks in advance. I may have been a bit long for a simple
> Best wishes
> Elisabeth Martineau (Elzbieta Witkowska)
> Elisabeth Martineau, Journaliste
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