Please welcome John Reda to the group.
I believe that several members have returned to visit their refugee camp
sites in Africa, Mexico and New Zealand. And cemeteries in Iran. But as
for the forced work camps in the former USSR, I have not heard of that
My name is John Edward Reda, age 45, living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
My father, Wladyslaw Reda, age 94, was deported from Janin, then Poland, now
Belarus, to Tuszylovo, near Onega/Archenglesk on Feb 10, 1940. I've grown
up hearing his stories of hardship from the deportation. Many of his
neighbours and family members died or were killed in the related events. My
life seems so safe and comfortable by comparison, that I find it hard to
imagine the sense of injustice, loss and sadness that the deportees must
I have been searching the internet for information about the deportation and
came across this Yahoo group. I have found reading the posts fascinating.
The group seems an excellent resource for information and communication. I
am looking forward to learning more. I also wonder if any of the group
members or their relatives have ever returned to see their camps.