Welcome to the group. I am so sorry you didn't learn of your fathers plight prior to his passing. Many of the victims return to this trama prior to passing away. It speaks to the extent of abuse they endured. You have alot of information on your family and members. When you look throught the pictures you may locate them. This group will fill in the missing pieces of your family history. Once more thank you for sharing and welcome to the group, Carol Celinska Dove
My name is Barbara Zdanowicz, I was born in Manchester UK in 1954.
Both my parents came from Poland, my mum from Warsaw and my dad from
a place called Jezierzany, Tlumacz, in the Stanislawow area. I do
apologise if my spelling is incorrect as I can speak Polish but
cannot read or write it. Both my parents have now passed away, my
dad in 1976 aged 63 and my mum in 2002 aged 79.
It is my dad I am writing about, Boleslaw Zdanowicz, born on 22 March
1913 at the above mentioned place. He was number 5 of 7 children.
They were in age order - Klemens, Franek, Karola, Walerek, Boleslaw,
Kornel and Janka.
I know that my dad was part of Anders' Army, he used to talk about
his war time exploits and I know that at various times he was in
Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Syria. What he did not talk about was the
time in Siberia which I have only just recently found out about, I
knew he had been there during World War II but I did not know the
circumstances, I thought it was something to do with the Polish Army
not forced deportation to slave labour camps!!
My dad died suddenly of a heart attack in 1976 but he had been
troubled by mental problems for 5/6 years prior to his death, he used
to talk about being "deported", myself and my brother and sister did
not understand what he was going on about and my mum was less than
helpful so we thought he was losing his mind, I was 21 at the time
and in a way was glad he was at peace.
I have since found out that my dad was married when the deportations
started and his first wife died in Siberia, I do not know her name.
After my dad was demobilised in Edinburgh, he met and married a lady
called Stasia Marcinkiewicz but tragically she died from a brain
haemmoragh. My dad then met my mum Jadwiga Weisa Koschieniewicz who
had a son already, Andrew, and then myself and my sister turned up!!
Most of my dad's family survived the war. My uncle Walerek was a
priest and got out of Poland into Rumania where he remained until
after the war and then returned to the Glogow area in Upper Silesia
where he became a Parish Priest for a few rural villages and a small
town. I only met him the once, the first time I went to Poland with
my children to meet everyone, he died in 1995 aged 86. He was a
lovely non-judgemental person who understood why I was no longer a
catholic, he said it did not matter, he was still my uncle!! My
uncle Kornel I have to say was my favourite uncle, a more cool human
being I have yet to meet, my kids loved him to death, he died in 1997
aged 88. My aunty Karola, I never met, she died when I was 6 years
old but I did hear a lot about her. Uncle Franek died two years
before I was born but I know all my cousins from his side of the
family. I do not know what happened to my uncle Klemens, I think he
died during the war. My aunty Janka, managed to get out of Poland
with my dad's help, after the war, she had TB and had to have a lung
removed. She stayed with my dad in Edinburgh and after convalecing
after her surgery, she met and married a man called Witold Sojka who
was training to be a vet, they lived in Addlestone in Surrey UK but
after a number of years the marriage ended in divorce, she did not
marry again. She did adopt one of her nieces (my aunty Karola's
daughter)and brought her to England - she sadly died of a brain
anurism, aged 37.
I think I have gone on long enough about my family, I understand why
people did not speak about what happened, I also understand why my
dad acted the way he did the last few years of his life. He was a
lovely person who made a decent life for himself and his family in
Manchester and had a lot of friends both English and Polish.
My grandfather's name was Jozef Zdanowicz and all my family will say
about him was that he perished in the woods. I want to know which
woods, where?? but it is only my cousins who are left now and I doubt
they know. I know the name of my grandmother also - Antonina -
maiden name Grabowska, she died giving birth to my aunty Janka so she
is not part of this.
Finally, I must give a shout for my mum, she was in the Polish Home
Army and got out of Poland that way through Italy.
Sorry to have gone on so long but I have now read so much about this
unmentioned holoucast and also found this group, I wanted to tell my
bit of what I know. I do got to Poland quite frequently,to Wroclaw
and the Glogow area where my family still live.
If anyone out there knew my clan during those terrible times,
especially how my dad got to Africa, I would love to hear.
Once again, apologies for any spelling mistakes.
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