Thanks, Elzunia! I am going to look at the article right now!
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth" <elzunia@...>
> Hi Marisa
> This article might be of some help to you. Itâs a very detailed
account of life on an osada (military settlement) in the area you
are writing about.
> Elzunia Olsson
> Gallery Administrator
> From: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Kresy-
Siberia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Marisa Z.
> Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 5:10 AM
> To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Research Help Needed - again!
> Hello all,
> I hope you don't mind my repeated requests for information, but
> things are so difficult to research.
> I am working on a children's novel that's based on my in-laws'
> childhood experiences in Eastern Poland. Both lost their fathers
> (police officers) in the Katyn Massacre and both were deported with
> their family to Siberia. Luckily, both managed to find their way to
> Palestine after the amnesty, eventually moving on to England and
> I'm still trying to learn as much as I can about the police force
> prior to the war. My mother-in-law was only 7 when war broke out,
> her memory is sketchy. Any information at all is welcome,
> regarding policing in small villages. Descriptions or photos of
> uniforms would also be helpful. I'm really unsure of colours as
> I do find are black and white.
> My mother-in-law lived in Wolczyn and then moved to her
> home in Hancewicze (both towns now in Belarus) during the war. The
> Russians caught up with her family in Hancewicze and that is when
> were deported. Any information about these two places - landmarks,
> types of housing, etc. would be helpful. Father-in-law grew up just
> outside Luck prior to his deportation.
> Actually, anything you can tell me about day-to-day life in this
> of Poland in 1939 would be a great benefit. I'm reading as many
> first-person accounts as I can find, but some things I need to know
> are rather specific. For example, what would a kitchen look like
> then? How were homes heated? Was there electricity? What kind of
> mattress did people sleep on? My in-laws have been a great help
> still like to get different perspectives.
> As you can see, lots of questions. Anything you can tell me, any
> sites or books you can recommend would be greatly appreciated.
> Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
> Ontario, Canada.
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