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:
> Hi Lonia
> Have you read Jadwiga Pleciakâs story, translated by her son â"
itâs in the Files section on Yahoo, in the Wspomnienia file. Itâs
strange that your mum remembers Jadwiga (who was a good friend of my
motherâs) but doesnât remembers my mother.
> Have you shown her my motherâs photos?
> Seeing as they lived so close, they must have been on the same train
and as they both ended up in Monastyriok it seems logical that they
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.