Hi Antoni -
The subject lines are being mixed up. I will respond to the ethnic
cleansing portion of your post elsewhere. I did not address at all
the confusion or chaos that took place in Eastern Poland when the
Soviet Army invaded in September 1939, Antoni. As far as men being
drafted or conscripted into the Soviet Army, one of my grand uncles
was defending Kresy during the invasion and he and the rest of his
unit were taken prisoner. I seem to remember that they were later to
be placed in the Soviet Army, but as soon as they could, since all
was confusion at that time, they deserted. My uncle returned to his
farm and was deported with his family on 10 February 1940.
I have another uncle who served in the Soviet Russian Army during the
war. I don't know any details, such as if he received a letter like
Roman did, or if he was picked up on the street and first sent to
prison or some type of mine, which I seem to remember (?), then the
Army, or what. After the war, he returned to Poland.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, "Antoni Kazimierski"
> Thank you for the date and info. I had an idea that it was not in
1939/40 period. I believe a different situation existed in those
early days when occupation took place and no one knew what was
> When I read Eve's reply to another note re 'ethnic deportations' I
began to re-read Russian notes issued by Polish Memorial - that is
what they published originally in Russian in association with Karta--
I believe they are trustworthy publishers of information. I am trying
to study what they are saying, but my Russian is a bit rusty, so it
takes some time to sink in. When I read comments I try to relate them
to a particular timeline and see what was happening at that period.
> In the case of Linder's father's arrest and Cynthia's husband's
arrest, both were unexplainable as they were in those early days of
great confusion ie in 1939.
> Eve pointed out that in fact there was no particular confussion and
NKVD knew what they were up to in arresting people and they had a
deffinite plan. I would like to see some support of her idea in
statements by Memorial or Katra or even Alexander Guryanov, who I
believe is a great stalwart of our cause.
> Thank you once again.
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