Welcome to the K-S group, Anna,
Your father's story is
similar to that of my husband, Aleksander Topolski, now 88 yrs
old. When a teenager in 1939, he was arrested by the Soviets and
wound up in the Gulag camps near Kirov (now Viatka) where he
worked building a railway bed and then cutting trees in the forest.
After the so-called "amnesty" and a round-about trek to the
south of the USSR, he found Anders army. He served in Iran guarding
oilfields and Palestine before going on to fight the Germans northward up
the boot of Italy.
He first settled in the UK where he
eventually finished architecture at the University of Manchester. After
working in London County Council he emigrated to Canada where he met and
He wrote his memoires a few years ago and
they are still in print. He has vivid memories of those times and the
stories of other Poles who were his companions in captivity and in the army.
His book, perhaps available through your local library but certainly through
booksellers, gives a good picture of the life and times of a Polish
political prisoner in the days of Stalin. The title is Without
Vodka: Adventures in wartime Russia.
Go to www.withoutvodka.com
You can read excerpts
there and see his drawings. There is even a photo of new recruits in
the army lining up for soup in Totskoye in 1941, one of the first
recruiting points for Anders army.
You will find our group
helpful. And Antoni is marvellous at-- and for-- finding the basic details
of a veteran's odyssey. The more details you give us of your
father's capture and travels in 1938 and the 1940's the more you will
learn about what he went through.
Good luck with your
Thu May 19, 2011 5:09 am (PDT)
My dad, Konstanty Rudy, was in the gulags but
later joined Anders in Iraq, he settled in Manchester and was a member of
the Kolo Polski club Cheetham Hill, just wondering if anyone can help with
further information about his life and he passed away, aged 102, 4 years
by: "Antoni Kazimierski" ASKAZIMIERSKI@...
Thu May 19, 2011 9:49 am (PDT)
Was originally ' new member'.
RUDY Konstanty son Jana born 1905
(in documents 1906)
was a farmer and was arrested at Kostopol na Wolyniu
on 17/18th September 1939.
Taken to a camp at Chalychowka and then to
Antopol in Rowne and finally to Babin. He was interned and sent to
Koziolszczyzna in Poltawa; Proskorov, Jarmoliniec and finally was at
Starobielsk near Charkow; there worked at a quarry and in construction of
roads. (All in his records).
Was 'amnestied' on 24th August 1941 and
moved to Tockoje to join Anders Army where he was ' strzelec'.
Please write to Karta for more deatails and to Hoover where there is
a deposition by him in the archives - ref. 8680/39
Contacts; at Karta
is pani Katarzyna Janiak at janiak@... At Hoover it
is pani Irena Czernichowska at czernichowska@...