I talked to my cousin about this and it turns out my great grandfather Michal Buczak wasn't sent to Siberia at all: he was in the cavalry and was captured by the Germans (although my grandad didn't know this and thought he was dead). The brother of my grandad said Michal survived the war and died in Communist Poland during the 1970s.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "buczak22" wrote:
> Hi! I would like to share some information on my Polish family. My grandfather Tadeusz Buczak (1922-2004) was sent to Siberia in 1939 and forced to cut down trees to make ox plows. In 1942 he was released and joined the British army in Palestine where he met my grandmother. I would be interested to know which regiment he served in as he was stationed in Scotland but also saw action in North Africa and Normandy.
> His father was called Michal (born sometime in the late 19th century: grandad said 1884). He lived in eastern Poland and joined the Austrian army during World War I. He was a soldier in 1939 and disappeared when the Russians invaded, although his wife Maria Lysak (possibly of Ukrainian descent) survived the war and died in the 1960s. From what I've read, Lysak is a Jewish name, and although my grandad was a Christian he knew a few Yiddish words. I don't know if my great grandfather Michal Buczak was killed in the invasion or died later in Siberia, although the owner of this website has records of a Private Michal Buczak (born 1897) dying in Uzbekistan in 1942.