I read your letter and searched for any information re your father among
our files, and I think I found one document of Jozef Zelwietro - his
handwritten testimony about plebiscyte arranged by soviet army in
Bortkiewicze in October 1939. I will mail you the copy, if you provide me
with the postal address.
I work for the Hoover Institution Archives, by the way.
At 09:31 AM 11/28/01 +1100, you wrote:
>Have you heard from anybody? Any progress?
>I hope this gives you a clue. While I could not find the village in
>Shtetlseeker (which is usually very good), I did find Asmjany about 15km
>Southeast of Wilno and just inside Belarus (Belorussia). This was part of
>Poland between the wars, and a good chance it was the town of the Oszmina
>county you referred to. Have you tried the PolandBorderSurnames group with
>I don't know where the archives or records for Wilno province ended up after
>the war, and whether you need to look in Vilnius, Minsk or back in Poland.
>Did you contact the person in Wilno suggested by Wladyslaw?
>> Moj znajomy mieszka w LITWA. zygmunt@...
>> (from Wladyslaw Czapski)
>Also, did you contact the army records office in England for the 2 Corpus,
>who may have more information on your father in their records?
>> From: Joe Zelwietro <deplib@...>
>> Reply-To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
>> Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 11:10:13 -0700
>> To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] looking for my home
>> Dzien dobry:
>> My name is Joe Zelwietro (actually it's Z with a dot above it). I have
>> been exploring my heritage and my father's life before he settled in
>> Canada. I am using the Internet as a discovery tool because my father
>> is dead. It was especially sad, because he died before Poland had
>> regained her freedom in 1989, but I know he was not unique in that
>> respect. My father was a good man, but he was reluctant to speak of the
>> time between 1939 and 1942. He was one of the many who was taken
>> prisoner by the Soviets from Wilno area and ended up a decorated soldier
>> in the Polish 2nd Corps, but also a man without a country.
>> I want to go there and see where he is from and show my children where
>> their grandfather came from. While there are many things I want to know
>> I am joining this list with the hope that other members can help me with
>> two specific questions.
>> Is there anybody who has knows a Zelwietro, Zelwietr, Zelwetra, or
>> Zelwetro? (Remember that's Z with a dot)
>> Where is my father's village now?
>> He was born in Bortkiewiecze powiat Oszmina woj. Wilno
>> I know this area is in Lithuania now, but that's all I know.
>> If anybody can help I would be greatly indebted,
>> Joe Zelwietro
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