Being a new member of the group, i have read with great interest the messages posted on
the subject of arrest, deportation and conscription to the Russian forces. I only recently
received my Fathers Army records from Northolt. ( They were very helpful). My Father, Antoni
Cieslewicz, helped to defend Lwow in 1939. He was subsequently arrested on 7th July 1940,
and deported to Kazakhstan where he worked as a miner.(no deatails) He was released under
the Soviet-Polish agreement, and made his way to Ural , where he worked on a collective
farm. (no details). He enlisted in the Polish Armed Forces at Kermine 10th February 1942.
I wish to ask the Group if they consider the fact that my father was basically a labourer,
that is the reason he was sent to a mine in Kazakhstan. Were the Russians that selective on
what happened to Polish citizens, based on education/career/trade?. I think my father was
extremely lucky to survive, and eventually make it to England. I have further details of my
Fathers family, address etc. My main interest is to trace family members, and fill in the gaps
between 1939-1943. Of great importance is to pass on the stories and evidence of the
terrible events that the Polish nation was subjected to during the war years,and directly
afterwards. Best Regards to all, from David Lane. Freckenham, England.