I am hoping that you may be able to advise me or at least send me in
the right direction, as I am trying to find out more about my Polish
family, as my late Grandfather rarely spoke about them and the war,
and why he could not go home after the war. I do not even know if we
have any family left in Poland.
I am trying to learn more about the country that I was denied the
opportunity to call home by war and communism, but a country which I
am proud to have as part of my heritage. I would also like to be able
to tell my two nieces about the Polish Grandfather they never knew
and why they should be proud to have Polish heritage.
I know very little about my Grandfather's heritage other than the
names of his parents his father's job and that his mother was
transported to Siberia in 1940.
My Grandfather's information is as follows
Born -2nd August 1921
Parents Marianne and Stanislawa Podolanski
Marianne Podolanski was a member and Captain in the Polish Police
Force and prior to 1940 lived in Lemberg
Stanislawa Podolanski was arrested at 2.00am, 13th April 1940.
At the time of her arrest by soviet authorities they were living in
Lemberg. In 1957 in an interview with a British newspaper on her
arrival she said that "On April 13, 1940 at 2.00am the house was
surrounded and I was arrested without warning, and the reason given
was that "Your husband is a captain in the Polish Police and your son
is in the Army". She was sent to the salt mines in Siberia, not sure
where exactly. He brother bribed Red Army officers to get her out in
We are not sure of the correct spelling of Stanislawa's maiden name
but we think it was Oborska or Oborski.
I do realise that Podwoloczyska is now in the Ukraine, but my family,
I believe had ties in Lublin, Krakow and Zacopane as well as Warsaw.
My late great grandfather died Marianne Podolanski died in Warsaw in
1970 we believe. He may have had family there we do not know about,
just as I know nothing about the family that we had before the war.
I hope that you can advise me where to look and research, or who I
may need to approach for further information. So that I may unpick
the mysteries of my families Polish past I hope that you are able to
point me in the right direction or give me some help and advice.