Hi Lezek. Enjoy your time here as there are many experienced members to point you in the right direction. I have learned much more than the few sketchy bits ofMessage 1 of 3 , Mar 16View Source
Enjoy your time here as there are many experienced members to point you in the right direction. I have learned much more than the few sketchy bits of information I had.
And I enjoy reading group mail.
Carol Lancashire UKOn Mar 16, 2013 1:39 AM, "Helen Bitner" <helen.bitner@...> wrote:
Dear groupPlease welcome Leszek to the group. His family once owned land on the Polish borderlands in the little village of Maziarnia ,near
Stoyanow in the district of Radziechów inTarnopol Province.
The family consisted of Leszek's great-grandparents Jacob and his wife Josephine Witas who in 1939 had ten adult children.
In the winter of 1940, the entire family was deported by train in cattle cars to Siberia.
The NKVD came one cold and frosty night and told them, they could take only personal belongings, just what they could carry themselves.
Many elderly people and children did not survive the terrible conditions of transport and sadly they died .
Soviet soldiers chopped the dead bodies from the wall with an axe and threw them into the snow.
After a great manydays of travel they arrived somewhere in the region of Arkhangelsk.
One of Leszek's aunts worked at clearing the forest, her husband Andrew Witas joined the Berling, Army and another Uncle ,James Witas, joined the Army of General Anders .,
James fought at Monte Casino,and after the war remained in Scotland where he lived near Edinburgh. There he died . Leszek says
" Its very, very short history my family from Maziarnia near Stoyanow .
Stoyanow (Stoyaniv ukr.) is now a Ukrainian village 45-mybe 50 km from the Polish- Ukrainian border .
Once again a warm welcome LeszekKind regardsHelen BitnerColchester UK