- I am trying to find where my aunt s mother, Genowefa Puczko, and siblings, Ryszard and Regina Puczko, could possibly be buried in Archangelsk, where theyMessage 1 of 5 , Sep 9, 2006View SourceI am trying to find where my aunt's mother, Genowefa Puczko, and siblings, Ryszard and Regina Puczko, could possibly be buried in Archangelsk, where they presumably died of hunger.They were sent to Zelaznaja Droga, Lesopunkt. My aunt's father, Kazimierz Puczko, died of typhus in Dzal-al-abad in March, 1942 after joining the Polish Army.Can anyone tell me who I could contact in Archangelsk? Thank you.Joy
- -In April 1941 I was conscripted into the Soviet Army and shipped to a tank battalion in Voroshylovsk (now Stavropol), Northern Caucasus. Every morning atMessage 2 of 5 , Sep 9, 2006View Source-In April 1941 I was conscripted into the Soviet Army and shipped to
a tank battalion in Voroshylovsk (now Stavropol), Northern Caucasus.
Every morning at 6.00 am. we had to line up in the yard holding our
shirts in front of us while battalion commander and the politruk
checked our shirts. Every day the officers told us that if they found
one louse they had to report it directly to Stalin. They said it with
straight faces and we did not know whether they were serious or
In November 1941 I was trasferred to the work batalion.One day our
batalion commander told me to take a detachment of 12 men and to
march to a village Leprozorsk, a lepper colony, to cut fir trees in
the mountains.We were given a school room where we could sleep on
some straw spread on the wooden floor. In no time we discovered the
lice. Every lunch time ,in the forest, we would disrobe,look for lice
in the seams of our clothing and if we found one we would place it on
a stump and hit it with an blunt end of an ax. Everyone would cheer.
-- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "Barbara Charuba" <charubab@...>
> My mum tells the story that when the family left Poland they were
> clean and vermin free. Mom had only one pair of winter boots whichshe
> wore. When they arrived in Poldnevitsa , mom put her new bootsunder
> the bed, put on a clean night gown and crawled into bed. When shewoke
> up the next morning, she was full of lice and hoer boots gone. Whencould
> they look through a hole in the wall to a family next door, they
> see their comforter moving with all the bugs in it.find
> My uncle George tells about his and his brother's journey south to
> the Polish army. They stopped at a river to wash hoping to getsome of
> the vermin off. When they waded into the river, they found thesurface
> covered with huge groups of lice floating on the top of the waterfrom a
> lot of other people also trying to get rid of their lice.the
> Barbara Charuba
> Barrie ON Canada
> I spent the winter of 1940-1941 separated from my family working in
> forest at Sieviernoye . In that posiolek we did have bed bugs, noone
> found a solution how to eliminate them.a "Voshoboyka"
> We had no problem with lice. In the camp sauna there was
> a special cupboard with heated stones producing high temperature.Sauna
> users would hang their clothes in this cupboard, after sauna clotheskilled
> would be taken out to allow time to cool down before dressing. The
> system worked if there were any lice in the clothes - they were
> by the heat, but my clothes were often singed.Poles
> Now I understood why Russians after invading Poland, declared that
> were un-hygienic because we had no "Voshoboyka" in our bathrooms.They
> would not believe that there were no lice in Poland.at
> During my time in Siberia (Archangelsk) I had no problem with lice
> all, until my escape with six of my friends 14th November 1941 whenwe
> joined the cattle wagon whose occupants were infested with lice.washing
> It was horrible; there was no way of getting rid of the lice, no
> The lice were located mostly in the shirt seams, I tried to burn
> against the hot stove and partly succeeded in killing them, butafter
> putting the shirt on, the sleeves came off, with cotton threadsburn. I
> ended up with a sleeveless shirt!relief to
> I was finally free of body lice in Pahlevi on 1st April 1942, after
> desinfectation and first bath since 13th November 1941, what a
> be dressed in a clean army uniform.
> Stefan Maczka
- I finally got my Mum’s explanation as to how they got rid of bugs at their posiolek. They used “wapno” = lime. They collected fresh limestones and putMessage 3 of 5 , Sep 24, 2006View Source
I finally got my Mum’s explanation as to how they got rid of bugs at their posiolek.
They used “wapno” = lime. They collected fresh limestones and put them in water till they bubbled. Their hut was made of logs and the spaces inbetween had been stuffed with moss, so they removed all the moss, washed the walls and the wooden bunk beds with boiling water and then the limewater. They then replaced the hay they had in their mattresses. This way they managed to stay lice and bedbug free.
I don’t suppose they were the only family to do this – what about our other members whose families were at Monastyriok – Michael Kulik?
From: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Elizabeth Olsson
Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2006 12:35 PM
To: 2. Kresy-Siberia
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Lice and vermin
I’m sure that my mother said they didn’t have any bugs in their “home” at Monastyriok, Archangelsk but I can’t remember how grandmother managed to get rid of them. I’ll ask my mum again.
As Simon said, these things can happen even nowadays so it might be good to get some tips.