> Hello my name is Michelle Campbell. My maiden name is Koeller from the
> Swedish Koeeller - not Kohler as so commonly confused. My family were
> Swedish migrants in the 1700's marrying into the Tarnowska's and
> Filimowska's of Poland.
> I live in Scotland and my grandfather was a polish political prisioner of
> War. He was resettled in Scotland after WW2, he was liberated at a camp
> in Austria but he had been to many sub camps from the age of 14 to the age
> of 21. He had escaped the transport to Auschwitz with his uncle
> Radamowski who was later depoted to Siberia also. He was a general in the
> He never returned to Poland as he was in fear of repercussions from
> Russia. He refused to talk about his time during the war but he bore many
> scars, emotionally and physically. He died 3 years ago without any
> knowledge of what happened to his family. His family consisted of 6
> brothers and sistesr and his parents. The family was scattered from
> Golienow to Lwow (now in Ukraine). My grandfather was in Zakopane at the
> time of his arrest. His mother Aleksandra Koeller was in the AK and was
> caputered ( she was betrayed for 25000 marks for smuggling Hungarian
> refugees) and put into Monteplier prison for 4 months then she was sent to
> Ravensbruck. His brother Kaziemierz was sent to Siberia. He was in
> Anders Army. We believe he died in a soviet camp.
> Through the help of the red Cross 2 years ago we finally found members
> (children) of my grandfathers family. We have visited Poland 3 times now
> and are slowly piecing together the tragic events the happened. Each and
> every one of us believed the other to have died. I am just sad my
> grandfather did not live long enough to see his some of his family again.
> We know some were sent to Canada and Australia and 1 to South Africa but
> the Red Cross have not been able to contact them yet.
> Our family has land and deeds for Lwow which we will never see again and
> we are fighting for our ground and (3000 m sq) in Golienow which during
> the War Germany occupied and it was removed from us. Our family home was
> sold and to another family and it is now on the market, we have the titile
> deeds etc, but it was taken from us so is no longer ours. Being the only
> known male heir left my father is strongly fighting for this on behalf of
> thhis new found Polish relatives.
> I joined this group by accident whilst trying to search for missing family
> members, but it is so interesting I joined and am now addicted. I hope to
> understand more each day. We live in hope.
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