Dear Konrad: Thank you for the information. I don t know if this Michael Smyk was related to my father, but his intransigent behaviour sure could have madeMessage 1 of 6 , Jul 27, 2012View Source
Dear Konrad: Thank you for the information. I don’t know if this Michael Smyk was related to my father, but his intransigent behaviour sure could have made him related. Thank you. P.s. Do yourself or anyone know the location of the village of Podliski in the Mosciska area of the Ukraine. Best regards. Helga Blackwell
Gerald & Helga Blackwell
15 Bitzer Court
Cambridge, ON. N3C 3R6
519 658 2319
I don't think I can offer anything useful in the case of Frank Smyk other than being able to relate to the surname.
There is only a handful of people across Australia named Smyk, according to the White Pages.
I knew very well a Michael Smyk, here in Adelaide. He was taken as a youth from his village in the Ukraine by the Germans. He was a rebel of sorts and at one stage was placed in front of a German firing squad for intransigent behaviour. Bullets were fired around him rather than at him, as a lesson.
I can't recall him expressing a strong connection with Poland.
I don't know when Michael came to Australia. He married and had two children. He worked as a butcher. He died about five years ago.
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From: Helen Bitner
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 4:26 PM
Subject: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Introducing new member Helga Blackwell from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Group, please welcome new member Helga who wants to find out about her father’s family and his birthplace. His name is Frank Smyk and he is now 87 years old. He lived in a village called Podliski in the area of Mosciska which formely belonged to Poland but after the Second World War belonged to Ukraine.
At around the age of 15 Frank was taken by the Germans from his village with many other young people to fulfil the quota for slave labour enforced by the village Mayor. He was put on a train and ended his voyage in Klagenfurt, Austria where he worked on the farm of the Burgomeister. Helga does not know how but he ended up in the Polish Army of General Anders in Italy and after the war emigrated to South Wales to work in the coal mines, and later moved to Oldham, Lancashire. The Smyk family lived in Oldham until 1966 and were familiar with the Polish Community in Manchester until they emigrated to Ontario, Canada.
In the early 1960’s they had some contact with Helga's grandmother, Maria Smyk. This September Helga, is going to Poland with her father and her sister and will be spending 2 days in Lvov with the hopes of locating the village and perhaps visiting the gravesite of family members. Her grandfather’s name was Michael, and her grandmother Maria Smyk was his second wife. Her father had some half-siblings and full siblings but he was the only survivor of the second family.
Once again welcome, Helga.