Please welcome Joanne Pryhorocki Potter to the group. Joanne, although your
family seems less directly connected to the Soviet deportation tragedies,
they certainly suffered at the hands of the Soviets and were also Polish
citizens during the inter-war Second Republic as residents of the eastern
Kresy. In fact, many of our members (including me) also had family in the
Tarnopol (Ternopil) region and in what the Austrians called "Galicia" when
they occupied it until 1918.
As you know, any person interested in research, remembrance and recognition
of the tragic events surrounding the Soviet persecution of Polish citizens
of any nationality - including Ukrainian - is very welcome, regardless of
ethnic or religious background, age, personal history, political persuasion,
or country of residence.
So we welcome you, hope we can help, and look forward to your local family
connections being of assistance to the group as we do our own research in
> From: "Joanne Potter" <jpp2211@...>
> Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 14:10:10 -0700
> To: "Stefan Wisniowski" <swisniowski@...>
> Subject: Re: request to subscribe to the Kresy-Siberia Group
> My relatives live in Western Ukraine, Ternopil Oblast, Borischiv Raion,
> Selo's, Bilivtsi, Okopy, Vihoa, Boryshkivsi, near the Dneister, Zbruch
> rivers. This area is what my grandmother always referred to as "Galicia".
> This is why I thought it might be beneficial to join your group.
> The surname is Pryhorocki in English lettering, don't know how to spell
> it in Ukrainian. My ancestors were some of those starved to death in the
> great famine.
> I flew to Ukraine in 1995 with my father, Uncle and cousin to meet living
> relatives that had survived all the atrocities of the war years and the
> I am reasearching to find records of birth, death, and baptism.
> Joanne Pryhorocki Potter