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Re: Polish Kresy Deportations - villages or cities ?

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  • Eve
    Hi Ken - Yes, Poles were normally always in the minority in Kresy with sometimes, depending on the area, Poles being represented by almost half of the
    Message 1 of 73 , Jan 31, 2006
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      Hi Ken -
      Yes, Poles were normally always in the minority in Kresy with
      sometimes, depending on the area, Poles being represented by almost
      half of the population. You will see this from the census or maps
      showing population distribution. Some census figures are in my
      article which were taken from Paul's site. Austro-Hungarian Empire
      was the best (ha, ha) of the three partitioning powers, and every map
      I've seen was in Polish too, but evidently there are some in German
      or Polish and German by Austrian mapmakers. There were also German
      (or Germanic) settlers, but where they lived, I don't know, and their
      numbers were probably small.

      Since Kresy was in Poland after 1918, I don't understand your school
      report either--requesting that the kids be taught in Polish, but then
      again--the Kresy portion of the map of Poland was in constant flux
      for a while until the Polish-Russian war ended. Maybe it took a
      little while for decisions or bearings to be made in certain areas?

      The Soviets had everything planned to a T. You are right. Sickening.

      Eve Jankowicz

      --- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "ken_fedzin" <ken.fedzin@n...>
      > Hi All,
      > The postings/discussion on the above subject certainly makes
      > interesting reading of what was certainly a complex situation. My
      > knowledge of the politics behind the deportations is extremely
      > limited, but I'd like to add a few lay-mans observations around the
      > subject if I may, based solely on what I've learned from research
      > into my father's family and from this website. Some of these points
      > have indeed been touched upon during the discussions.
      > As mentioned, not all deportees were 'settlers' and/or ex-
      > and their families, and there was undoubtedly a substantial number
      > of Poles who had lived in the region for many years. My father and
      > his siblings were born in Dawidkowce, south east of Czortkow
      > (Cortkiv), from 1905 - 1922. You couldn't get much further east
      > without being in Russia. My grandfather had a small farm there. My
      > g.g.father came to the village from Siberia (before 1900) after
      > being exiled from Warsaw during the 1863 Uprising.
      > Maps from Austro Hungarian and Galicia times up until 1939 do
      > give village names in Polish and Ukraine names appeared post WW11,
      > which gives the impression of Polish domination in the region. But
      > have a copy of a document from the village primary school census
      > 1925-1933 (from Lviv archives), which is a list of pupils whose
      > fathers requested that they be taught in the Polish language?? So
      > what was going on then? Poles in the minority? Already Soviet
      > influence/domination in the area? Maybe the earlier maps,
      > from 'Polish times' were published prior to a gradual change in
      > fortunes for Poles in the area?
      > I was in the village in August last year and was lucky enough to
      > find a Ukrainian man, Mr Bojczuk, who was a good friend of my
      > father. He told me that Polish and Ukrainian children all went to
      > the same school together and there were no problems between them.
      > there was obviously an ethnic mix.
      > I also have a document, via the 'Memorial' in Moscow, which states
      > that the NKVD file on dad's family was commenced by the NKVD Dept.
      > in Czortkow on 29 Dec.1939. Such files must have been made on
      > many/all Polish families. Preparations for deportation were being
      > made.
      > According to Mr Bojczuk (who witnessed the events), when dad's
      > family of 'peasant' farmers were deported in the first phase, on 10
      > Feb 1940, a Ukraine family (who were being resettled from further
      > east) were immediately put into the farm and it became part of
      > the 'Collective Farm'.
      > It appears to me that Moscow obviously had designs on the region
      > some considerable period of time. Poles, of any background,
      > populating cities,towns or villages, would naturally oppose any
      > communist influence/threat or collectivisation and so therefore had
      > to be removed. The Ethnic Cleansing of as many Poles as possible,
      > as short a time as possible, had to be carried out in order for
      > the 'Collectivisation' of agriculture and 'Communisation' of the
      > region to succeed. Once this had been achieved, annexing the region
      > would be relatively straightforward, and so it proved.
      > The action and subsequent results of the deportations are obviously
      > very complex, but it seems that it didn't really matter who they
      > were, what they were or where they lived. They all had to go. Most
      > of the camps in Siberia had long been established anyway and the
      > majority of their earlier 'guests' had perished, so the
      > accommodation was ready and waiting. The war simply gave them the
      > excuse to carry out the plan.
      > A means to an end.
      > Too simplistic?
      > Regards,
      > Ken Fedzin
      > Dewsbury, England.
    • Helena Danielczuk
      Right folk time for action!!! How about a fundraising event some social function in a public place open to Joe and Jill Public. It would help raise profile
      Message 73 of 73 , Feb 25, 2006
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        Right folk time for action!!!

        How about a 'fundraising event' some social function in a public place open
        to Joe and Jill Public. It would help raise profile gret publicity we hope
        etc I have some links with local BBC etc the local press has in the past
        been good check out the Bradford connection links on web site of BBC there
        is an interview,, article and I believe a video which I have yet to see .

        The 'north ' might be cheaper stc for rooms etc i have even links with
        hotels here . Linder what about your friends relatives do they still have
        the pub in Bradford Im sure ther would be some milage there I feel we need
        for many reasons be indepenent of Polish centres as they stil are very much
        ruled by priests church etc which i personally attend but it is not
        everyones scene.

        My company Anglo-european Cultural network ACE would be more than willing to
        orgaNISE ETC ETC ETC

        Bye 4 now Hela.

        >From: "Linder Ladbrooke" <ladbrooke@...>
        >Reply-To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
        >To: <Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com>
        >Subject: RE: [Kresy-Siberia] holocaust
        >Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:15:33 -0000
        >Yes, members would support the group, we're all happy to do so!, BUT if we
        >were able to find a Charity/Institution/Fund to help us on our way, and
        >help with some of the project expenses, we could go further, and reach
        >those that have never heard of 'the other halocaust'. I am hoping that the
        >members that give 'talk's/create small exhibitions/displays/have written
        >books/give talk's on those books etc, may be able to make contact with
        >possible 'sponsors'. This way, if it is possible, we can go further,
        >faster. Our 'survivors' wll not be here for eternity!. I'm sure that many
        >members, if you think about it, may come up with idea's about this. We not
        >only need to spead the word to those that have no idea about the sufferings
        >of the Polish people [Westerners?], but also, the young people of the
        >effected countries, do not seem to be very 'aware' of the sufferings of
        >their own families. Parents don't always talk/children, g-children, who
        >don't understand or know about the sufferiings, we only learn from each
        >I urge everyone that can, take a tape recorder or something, to record
        >anything that was your relatives experiences of this terrible,
        >awful time, you have not got 'forever', or 'when I get round to it!'
        >Yes, we probaby desperately need money just now, to keep the site up and
        >running, [Stefan's department], but let's look to the future!
        >I don't mean to lecture anyone, but this is a 'passion' of mine and if we
        >don't all 'pull together', there's so much we could loose, after 4 years
        >hard work!
        >Well, that's my 'penny-worth' - I'll keep trying to get some 'sponsorship'
        >with or without help from others, but I'd prefer with! Come on. 'chap's and
        >chaps'es' - let's do this together?

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