Re: Osady in Kresy lists
- View SourceHi Elzunia,
Sorry about the delay in responding. Mum hasn't been well so it's
rather difficult for me to get to the computer at times.
Yes, we are in contact with some of my grandmother's family,
wonderfully they found us about 40 years ago. My grandmother's maiden
name was Leontyna [Lonia] Sobolewska and she had two brothers named
Feliks and Antoni. Mum thinks there may have been a sister or two but
she's not sure. A few weeks after the Soviet invasion, mum's family
was forced off their land by Ukrainians and went to live with her
Uncle Feliks and his family in nearby Tuczyn. Her Uncle Antoni, wife
Jadwiga, and their children Czesiek, Stasiek, Aniela, Romka, Jasia,
and Wladzia lived right across the road.
On 10 Feb mum's family was taken to Kostopol station and sent to the
Arkhangelsk region. Both parents and two of her three siblings died
on the exodus south. The surviving brother joined the youth army in
Egypt and was eventually re-settled in England. Unfortunately all
contact was lost with the family in Tuczyn. But I still remember the
day a policeman arrived at our door here in New Zealand with the
amazing news that Antoni and Jadwiga, and their adult children were
now in Ontario, Canada and had been searching for her family. It was
just incredible, mum was overwhelmed.
Then in 1976 the family brought mum over to Canada and she spent a
couple of months with them in Oakville and Hamilton. I'm fairly
certain that it was one of the happiest times of her life.
We don't know what became of mum's Uncle Feliks and his family.
Elzunia, I wasn't able to read your grandmother's name. Some of the
letters came out as symbols [Pozna????ska]. What are the missing
letters? I'll ask mum if she knows the name. Also, I could check
with our family in Canada in case they may have some knowledge of your
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth" <elzunia@...> wrote:
> My grandfather also married a local girl from Tuczyn, Stanislawa
PoznaÅska born 1903. Are you in contact with any of your
grandmotherâs family from Tuczyn? We donât know anything at all
about grandmotherâs family and would like to find them.
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Yes, I have read Jadwiga Pleciak's story, also those by your mum and
Bogdan Trybuchowski. The stories are great; a good insight into life
on the Osada. I printed them out for mum to read. Jadwiga Pleciak's
younger sister Zofia and very young brother Witold were among the
children who came to NZ from Isfahan. Mum was also part of this group
and was good friends with Zofia. In fact they were even in the same
orphanage in Meshed. Amazingly, mum still has her autograph book from
Meshed, and it includes an inscription from Zofia.
I tried to show mum the photos but the link wouldn't work!! It worked
ok earlier so I'll keep on trying.
Yes, it does seem most likely that our mothers were on the same train.
Mum is definite that her family was loaded at Kostopol station and she
thinks they went through Lubomirka. But her recollection between
arriving in Kotlas and ending up in Monastyriok is less clear, though
it does seem probable that indeed our mums were in the same earlier
camps. It's good that your mother had the foresight to keep a diary.
I've read it several times now and found it very informative.
It's amazing that your mother remembers my mum's family. I wonder,
what does she remember about them? Any snippets at all would be
wonderful to hear. If I'd asked mum about your mother's family some
time ago it is possible she would have remembered them. But these
days her memory isn't so good. She's had hydrocephalus for many years
and this has been very debilitating for her. I've been full-time
looking after her for 15 years now, since I was called back from
If I ask mum specific questions she usually clams up and her response
is "I don't remember". However, if my approach is more of a chat
rather than an interrogation it's amazing what she is able to tell me.
At times I feel that it is all too distressing for mum to
remember, while at other times the fact that she can't remember also
can make her quite upset. It has been quite some challenge to
extricate her story and this is still ongoing.
I'm wondering Elzunia if maybe your mum remembers mum's elder sister
Romana [Romka]? She would have been your mother's age and died
somewhere on the exodus south, either Uzbekistan or Persia.
-- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth" <elzunia@...> wrote:
>itâs in the Files section on Yahoo, in the Wspomnienia file. Itâs
> Hi Lonia
> Have you read Jadwiga Pleciakâs story, translated by her son â"
strange that your mum remembers Jadwiga (who was a good friend of my
motherâs) but doesnât remembers my mother.
>and as they both ended up in Monastyriok it seems logical that they
> Have you shown her my motherâs photos?
> Seeing as they lived so close, they must have been on the same train
went to the same camps on the way. My mum was at 2 other posiolki
before Monastyriok; Kotowalsk and Stacja Molodych. The Kulik family
took the same route.