--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, "Stefan Wisniowski" <stefan@...>
> Andrzej, I'm sure the group can assist you. Can you tell us more
about your family history, and whether you have already started your
research? Have you contacted the UK Ministry of Defence for your
father's military records yet?
> Stefan Wisniowski
Thank you for the invitation to the group. Ive got really
intersted in my past after reading after reading a couple of very
good books. The first was Shalamov's Kolyma Tales which I don't
think has anything with my family even though a lot of Polish
were sent there. I then read Freedom lost and Found by Roman
Przysiezniak, a very precise diary type book which I believe is
close to my fathers journey.
My fathers family was born in a village near Pinsk. Unfortunatly
I don't know the name of the village. I'm not even sure if it exists
as after they sent all the polish to Siberia, they(the Russians said
it was the Germans, my dad said it was the Ukranians) took everybody
else into the church and burnt it down.
While up in Siberia at the forestry camp, the Germans were invading
and my father was offered the choice of joining either the British
or the Russian version of the Polish army. My father and 2 of his
brothers joined the british version while a forth joined the Russian
one. They spent about a year in Iran working for Red Cross before
attempting to make it to England through North Africa but being
repelled by the Germans so being forced to go to South Africa via
the East coast of that continent.Their job in South Africa was to look
after 3000 Italian prisoners of war. On the way to England the
Germans did not sink their boat because of the Italians they were
In England, he was part of Sosabowski's paratroopers that did
that ill fated jump in Arnhem.
Unfortunatly I have no pictures
and very little more information since my father did not want to
discuss that part of his life with any detail.