- Louise, not an insignifacant item. My father always says non-discriptively that there were informants and that Stalin was well aware of his plans with theMessage 1 of 41 , Jun 30, 2007View SourceLouise,not an insignifacant item. My father always says non-discriptively that there were 'informants' and that Stalin was well aware of his plans with the former Polish veterans even before the war started. But if they were required to register it could solidify why they were aware they were in trouble from the start.Another thought is that maybe confiscations happened in other areas first and the word spread giving them the idea to remove belongings.Terry PolewskiWindsor Canada
lulu <l.blazejowska@...> wrote:This may be an insignificant piece of information in this discussion, but according to my father, when the Soviets took control of eastern Poland the NKVD required all Polish Army and former Army officers to register. It was at this point that my grandfather and others knew that the roundup had begun. He registered and then went into hiding, knowing that the registration process was the way the NKVD would get him. He apparently got the flu and returned back home still in hiding. One day a young Russian girl, as my father described her, came to the door and asked if my grandfather was home. My father, a teenager, answered the door and said yes. My grandfather was arrested that night and never seen again. I guess my point is that like the Nazis, and as we have seen in more recent conflicts, the NKVD also used very "benign" and systematic methods to secure arrests, deportations and removal of property.Once my grandfather was removed my father's family were informed that several Russian families would be moved into their apartment, which was subsequently divided up, the families moved in and my father's family's property officially confiscated. I have the documents of confiscation signed by the NKVD. My father was shocked at how poor these families were. It was, in his experience, a very systematic and planned process of Russian resettlement in Eastern Poland. Then they were moved out.Louise B³a¿ejowskaSydney, AustraliaNo virus found in this outgoing message.
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- Terry, I agree with you also. The terror for the Polish people of Kresy must have started right on Sept. 17, 1939 , when Russia invaded Poland from the east.Message 41 of 41 , Jul 4, 2007View Source
I agree with you also. The terror for the Polish people of Kresy must have started right on Sept. 17, 1939 , when Russia invaded Poland from the east.
I’m sure the adults knew right off the bat that hell was on it’s way. The wasted no time at all. And within 3 weeks, all hell broke loose as the Russians imposed a new local regime.
We talk about the horrors of the Siberian deportations and the Siberian imprisonment and the escape via Persia, the UPA butchering of those that were not deported, etc.. But I can’t imagine the fear they must have endured from Sept 17, 1939 to when the first deportations took place on Feb 10, 1940.
Those 4-5 months of waiting to see what would happen? What was that like? What happened in those months as the Russians demanded that all ex soldiers report to the NKVD offices, the order and searches for any weapons, guns rifles ,… the discrimination at the hands of the locals, possessions being stolen, confiscated, fearing for the safety of your loved ones, your wife, your children, your old helpless grandparents,, etc..
What did really happen then ?
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