Thanks for your letter. I will post this to the Kresy-Siberia Group, in the
hope that one of its members knows about how to obtain the 'Association of
Formerly Deported to Siberia Commemorative Decoration' (Odznaka pamiatkowa
Where did you hear about this decoration? It is listed on
That webpage also
reports: "Conferred by Zwiazek Sybirakow (Association of Formerly Deported
to Siberia) to Poles deported to Siberia after the invasion of the Red Army
in 1939 and later. Mass deportations were a part of persecution and
extermination policy of the Soviet regime on all occupied territories."
By the way, you may already know that over 1 million Polish citizens were
deported from their homes into forced labour by the Soviet authorities - and
this was because they were Polish and therefore a 'threat' to the communist
system, not because they were all wealthy. By dispersing them through the
USSR, the Soviets not only procured an economical labour force but also
disempowered the patriotic potential of the Polish people.
If you or other members of your family (including your grandfather) are
interested, you are invited to visit the website www.AForgottenOdyssey.com
and our discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kresy-Siberia
dedicated to the research, remembrance and recognition of this historical
event that happened to our families over 60 years ago.
> From: "DUANE GOLBA" <dgolba@...>
> Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 11:10:25 +0000
> To: swisniowski@...
> Subject: Information Enquiry.
> Dear Sir,
> Could you provide any information as to where it would be possible to
> acquire an 'Association of Formerly Deported to Siberia Commemorative
> I am seeking this information on behalf of my grandfather, who until I
> started searching the internet for such information knew nothing of such
> items and organizations.
> He lived in a town called Chzortkow in eastern Poland before WW2 (What is
> now part of the Ukraine), and due to the fact that his family were
> reasonably wealthy farmers the Soviets deported them all to Siberia when
> they invaded in 1939. He was released in 1941 where he made his way to the
> Middle East and Joined the Polish 2nd Corps under General Anders and went on
> to take part in the battle for Monte Cassino.
> Any information you could provide on the subject would be gratefully
> received, as if I could acquire such a decoration, he would where it with
> great pride amongst his military decorations.
> Many thanks for you time,
> Duane Golba