Welcome Ted Tomchak
Please welcome Ted Tomchak to the group. It is always an honour to have with us one of the original survivors, born in Poland's Kresy Wschodnie (eastern borderlands).
Ted, thank you for your introduction. We have members who, like you, were born in eastern Poland between the wars in our group (my great-grandfather was born just outside Stanislawów, my father in Brody, and my son in Toronto). Like you, some of our members did hard time in the USSR during the war, and were evacuated through Persia in 1942. Some spent time in the Polish Allied camps, including in Valivade, India. Some of our fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles, served with Anders Army. And we have members who are the descendants of these courageous survivors, throughout the West and even some in Poland.
You now have before you the services of this group, as well as our resources to do more research on the history of our families and of your family specifically, should you be interested. We look forward to your contributions.
PS Happy Birthday later this month!
My legal name is Ted J. Tomchak, however when I was born on Oct.27/36 my name was Tadeusz Jozef Tomczak. I was born in a small town of Mariampol, Stanislawow (on Dniester River). I presently live with my wife and son here in Toronto, Canada
What is my connection? I am not sure there is any Kresy-Siberian connection, but definitely a Siberian connection. When WWII broke out my father, Jozef Tomczak, who was in the Polish army was captured by Russians and sent to Siberia as a prisoner of war. My mother, Jozefa Glowinska-Tomczak, older brother, Henryk and grandfather, Marcin Tomczak were taken to a train to begin our long journey into USSR. Somehow we were reunited with my father. In 1942 my father was able to join the Polish Army in USSR. We, my mother and brother, went to Tashkent and from there to Iran (Persia). Eventually we wound up in a Polish camp (Valivade) until 1947.
It was while in Valivade that my brother and I joined the altar boys Scouting Troop (I still have some photos of the troop). In August of 1944 my mother received news that my father was killed in France while serving with the Polish Its Armoured Division.
My father had two brothers and a mother living in Canada (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) since 1926 and they wanted us to join them in Canada. However, we had to first sail to England in 1947 and stayed there until 1949 before arriving in Canada. My brother and mother are both dead nearly 20 years.
I had absolutely no contact nor did I seek contact with anyone who might been on the same journey as I. As I have discovered in the last few years there are many people like me or descendants of them. I am interested to explore more about my past connections. Sorry for not being concise or brief.
Ted J Tomchak