Please welcome Krystyna Mirska to the group, joining on our official first anniversary. Helen it is good to have some connections from the northern Kresy in the group, and we look forward to your contributions!
Let me tell you few words about myself. First of all I'm Polish, living since 1978 in Canada. My family comes from Kresy, from the Wilno region, powiat Glebokie, today in Bielarus. I was there this summer. The most important trip in my life.
I'm writing right now a book about my Father's life; in 1945 he was repatriated from Wilno to Poland. His family - father, mother, aunt and 3 kids, 4,5 and 7 years old, spent 3 years in Wiatka, "sent" there by bolshevics in 1919 and returned "by miracle" in 1922 to Poland. In 1918 a priest from the family was sentenced to death by bolshevics in Mohylew and executed publicly. His only fault was standing for Poland. Even today apparently people from Molodeczno remember this killing. Another family member, my Father's uncle, pulkownik Wojska Polskiego, sent to a camp (I do not there during the II World War, returned from Russia in 1960 as an 82 years old man, liberated because of his age. This much about my family bolshevics "connection".
Although my Father's family did not perish in Russia, I just do not think the average people know enough about soviet persecution.