Please welcome Paul to the group. He is writing a screen play about
his grandmother Maria Werla (later Kowlaski) deported at the age of
19 from Chlewiszcz in Eastern Poland on 10th February 1940. Paul says
"Maria was born in Lwow in 1921, she had family all over the Kresy,
and her sister Jadzia lived in Kobryn at the time. Maria was visiting
Chlewiszcz, staying at her aunt's house (I don't know her name) and
her cousins, Bogdan (12) and Bozenka (10). They were all taken up to
Arkhangelsk Oblast, Nucht-Oziero Camp, Plesiecki Region, near Jemca
Station. Her work there was cutting down trees and preparing them for
making railroad ties. She stayed there until the manumission of 1941,
where she headed south, but eventually was separated from her
transport and stranded in the middle of Russia with her cousin,
Bogdan. After many months of wandering, she managed to relocate her
transport at a small station where some Polish authorities were based,
and re-unite Bogdan with his mother. Then she reached Krasnovodsk
(Turkemnbashi), crossed the Caspian to Pahelvi (Iran, now Bandar
Anzali), and from there on to India, Uganda, London, New York and now
lives in Utica, NY in the USA".
Paul would like to hear from anyone who may have known Maria or
underwent the same route of deportation or had similar experiences in
Arkhangelsk, underwent NKVD interrogation or who knows of Communist
actions in the Kresy before the war.
Paul, I know you'll get a great response.