--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Helen Bitner <helen.bitner@...> wrote:
> Please welcome new member Andrew to the group. He wanted to express his appreciation of the Kresy-Siberia Virtual Museum which for him illustrates the stories told to him by his father. He he has just started researching his father's family history. He says his father was only 7 when his family were forcibly removed by the Russians. The family had a farm at Dolhinov not far from Vilnius and his grandfather. Piotr
> Nadolski had fought in the Polish army that had driven the Russians out of what became the Kresy Borderlands. Unfortunately the family have no records, documentation, medals other than the stories his father told him before he died. ...
Thank you for your invitation to join the group. My Father's story is shared by many, many others. I am trying very belatedly to find more information about where my family came from and its history but unfortunately all we have is the stories my Father told us.
My Father was born in 1931 and the family had a small farm on the outskirts of Dolhinow. The nearest city I believe was Vilnius. My Grandfather Piotr had fought with or in the Polish Army that had driven the Russians out of what was to become Eastern Poland. My Father told me Piotr ' was given more land' because he had been in the army. All I know is Piotr Nadolski was born in Zarzecze - Dolhinowon 29th June
1896 the son of Ludwick Nadolski and Maria nee Sokolowska. My Grandmother was Helena Sielicka , daughter of Florian Sielicki and Petronela nee Lazaronek. She was also born in Dolhinow.
My Father told me the family lived under Russian occupation for a while. My Father always believed an informant told the Russians that my Grandfather had fought agains them previously so like many others were given half an hour to pack what they could carry and taken from their farm. My Grandfather was imprisoned and the family put on cattle trucks to Siberia.
My Father thought this happened just prior the the German's sudden attack on their Russian allies.
From here the story resembles that of many others. My Grandfather as freed from prison and joined the Free Polish Army and the family released from Siberia to travel through the southern Russian states, sailing from Persia (Iran) to Karachi. The family spent a month there before sailing to Africa landing in Mombassa. They were settled in Massindi for the duration of the war.
Piotr Nadolski served in Egypt. He arrived with his regiment at Leek, England in 1947 and the family arrived in Southampton in 1948. The family were then relocated to a Polish camp at RAF St Mawgan, just outside Newquay, Cornwall.
Does anyone know if it is possible to trace family records in what is now Belarus? And is it possible to trace military records in Poland to find out Piotr's army record. The family took no documentation with them when they left there farm.
This is really the start of my research journey. I am greatly encouraged to find the Kresy-Siberia group and Museum. Any help or pointers the group could give me would be really appreciated.
I have a few copies of group pictures from Massindi I could post if anyone is interested.