Hello All, Just an FYI (For your information) have you tried your Local Red Cross? You must complete a form for everyone person you are seeking informationMessage 1 of 5 , May 4, 2012View Source
Just an FYI (For your information) have you tried your Local Red Cross?
You must complete a form for everyone person you are seeking information for.
The local Red Cross then forwards this information to the
Holocacuast and War Tracing and War Victims Tracing and Information Center
located in Baltimore, Maryland. They will not offer any assistance if you are looking
for genealogy records.
The Polski Czerwony Krzyz in Warsaw gave me information.
----- Original Message -----
From: Danuta Janina Wójcik <sandlily@...>
Sent: Fri, 04 May 2012 09:40:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia (est.2001)] Polish and German Records
The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen serves victims of
Nazi persecutions and their families You can fill out this form online to
ICRC in WW II: Polish prisoners of war in Germany
Why the ICRC was unable to keep track of Polish POWs captured by German
Germany, September 1939. Polish prisoners of
war in Stalag 2B, Hammerstein.
Germany, September 1939. Polish prisoners of war in Stalag 2B,
German and Soviet troops.
A large proportion of the Polish army
was captured: around 400,000 men by the German forces and over 200,000 by Soviet
troops. Until February 1940, the German authorities gave the ICRC lists of
the Polish prisoners of war they held, but after that date they stopped.
In 1943, they again began to send these lists, but now only
officers were mentioned. What had happened was that most of the Polish soldiers
who became prisoners of war were turned i nto " civilian workers " by the German
authorities. They were thus -- in defiance of the 1929 Convention relative to
the treatment of prisoners of war -- deprived of their prisoner-of-war status
and of the protection this should have afforded them.
war who refused to become " civilian workers " were mostly sent to concentration
camps. In this way, the ICRC lost track of a large number of them.
At no time during the war did the USSR give the ICRC lists of
Polish prisoners. When, in April 1943, the massacre of over 5,000 Polish
officers at Katyn was discovered, the USSR refused to allow the ICRC to take
part in an international investigation.----- Original Message -----From:Richard KozlowskiSent: Friday, May 04, 2012 6:59 AMSubject: [Kresy-Siberia (est.2001)]
Polish and German Records
Hello, Group! I am excited to report that my father's records arrived
yesterday from the MOD and I am sifting through the wealth of
One thing I have learned is that Eugeniusz was already in
the Polish Army as of November 1938 and that he participated in the September
campaign. Can anyone point me to the proper office or agency in Poland that
would have his Polish records?
Also, I don't believe I received any
response to my inquiry regarding German POW records, though I sent that email
at the start of a weekend. In any event, if there is any truth to my
recollection that dad was captured by the Germans in the September campaign,
can anyone point me to the proper German office or agency that would have a
record of his arrest in Poland? Thanks in advance!