Thank you for your note. I will never forget that spring in Gorchakovo. Did you go to Persia in March 1942? At that time we did not know if there will be another evacuation. We thought that we will be in Russia forever. When it was announced that there will be evacuation in August my father embraced me and my mother and cried from joy. You are right that I was lucky having access to medicine - otherwise I may not be here now...
> From: "ANTONI KAZIMIERSKI" <askazimierski@...>
> Date: 2006/04/03 Mon AM 04:28:46 EDT
> To: <Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Gorchakowo
> Hi Romuald,
> Thank you for your concern. I can access easily via Elzunia's links and it all reads well. I was in that area in March 1942, but I was fortunate and was not ill. That spring time was terrible and wet and our bell tents leakedand we had to dig trenches in the tents and around them to drain the 'flood'. The tents were small and just 9 of us slept radially in them-feet to the centre and trying not to breeze towards each other so as not to spread any illnesses some might have had. At that time we were not kitted out and everyone clung to their little bits of belongings and a few
> rubles we had.On occasions my family and one or two friends came to visit and actually persuade some of us to give up and return to them at 'home', but actually it was a railway wagon in the sidings;this was well before they were taken back to various kibitki at some kolchoz nearby.
> Romuald naturally you were lucky as you had access to some medicine, but many simply died from high fever.Your articles bring many memmories and we are grateful for your contribution.