Thanks to everyone for the thread of these vital transportations, which are of great importance to many of us. My father contracted typhus in Kermine, so along with many other recruits, could not go in the first wave of transportations to Persia. Similarly my two aunts and their mother were definitely still in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in May and June of 1942. The two girls left together on the same ship, with their mother on a separate ship (she was being cared for by two women Polish doctors who had been in the camps too).
What I don’t know for any of the four of them is precise dates of their transportations. Danka thinks it was as late as August, and to support this I have two photos - one of Danka, the other of the two girls - on the shores of Phalevi, both dated August 1942 on the back. Of course they may have arrived there earlier and were kept there till their health improved so we’re not certain; and I have no idea when Dad arrived, though Danka visited him in a tent hospital on the shores of Pahlevi around that time so we know he was there in or around August too.
Do we have a definitive list of shipping dates from the first to the very last? And, even better, does a list of names of people who travelled on each of these exist? I’d have thought, given the info some of us have been lucky enough to find from much more chaotic and unlikely times, that these do exist somewhere. It would be a great service if these could be definitively traced and put on the museum site.
Author “For There is Hope”
a bilingual poem exploring the Kresy Siberian experience of my father’s family, reflections on what happened to them, and meditations of its effect on the lives of the children of survivors.
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