Welcome to our group Elaine!
I don't know if this will help you find a fit more pieces into you puzzel or just give you more stray pieces, but my maternal granmother's name was Zofia (Sofie in English) Morawska (nee Hantz). She was born in Kielce and met and married my granddad and had her first two children in that area. In 1923, my granddad took the family out to the Province of Wolyn (Volhynia) in the Eastern Borderlands to take possession of a land grant he received as a veteran of WWI and the Polish-Bolshevik War. They lived there until WWII broke out and they were deported to the U.S.S.R. I have asked my mom (86 years young on Friday!) if she remembers the name Dowling or one or two Irish ladies that she may have had a connection with and she says she does not. As far as I know, my grandmother did not learn to speak in English until she got to England after the war. In short, I do not know if a connection exists. When I am talking with my mom's older brother George in South
Africa, I will ask him about this.
If the postcards are in Polish and you can scan them, I would be glad to have a go at translating them.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Helen Bitner <helen.bitner@...> wrote:
> Please welcome new member Elaine to the group. She is doing some very
> interesting research on her great aunts Mary Frances and Sarah
> Josephine Dowling who spent long periods in Poland before WWI and
> before and after WWII. Elaine says " The name Sophie Morawska shows
> up quite a lot in Sarah's address book, I am not sure if Sarah or Mary
> worked for her or were friends with the family...... Mary was in
> Poland throughout WWII and was on one of the last airlifts out in
> 1945...." . She says "if my aunts were in Russia with Polish families
> perhaps the families did not make it out and were part of the peoples
> sent to camps.............. especially as I had come across the name
> 'Morawska' on your site......and wondered if they were the same people
> my aunts knew....... " Places mentioned in the address book/letters/
> postcards are Poznan, Kielce, Radom and Blonie. Mary alluded to
> working for SIS, British Intelligence to some family members, I have
> no idea if this is true or not and I am trying to follow it up......"
> Elaine has a number of post cards and address books all in Polish
> which she is unable to translate and wondered if someone would be
> kind enough to assist her.
> Helen Bitner
> Colchester U