Re: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] US files Polish press release 1943 (numbers)
- View SourceAt that time, I dont think they knew about UKR and Belo lists.I think these lists did not have the significant celebrity status of the big 3 camps.Mark T.
CanadaFrom: Lenarda Szymczak <szymczak01@...>
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2013 9:57:24 PM
Subject: RE: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] US files Polish press release 1943 (numbers)
My goodness, the subject of numbers comes up again and this time in an official letter dated 1943Copied from document with manual corrections, computers are not that clever yet! – On the 17th of September 1940 the official organ of theRed army the "Red star" stated that during the fighting which tookplace after the 17th of September 1939, 181.000 Polish prisoners ofwar were taken by -the soviets; the number of regular officers andthose of the reserve among then amounted to about 10.000.According to information in possession of the PolishGovernment, three large camps of Polish prisoners were set-up in theUSSR in November 1939:- 1~ in Kozielsk - East of smolensk,2 ~ i n starobielsk - near Kharkov, and3A in Ostasnko 1 - near Kalinin, where policeand military police wereconcentrated •At the beginning of 1940 the camp authorities informedthe prisoners in all three camps that the liquidation of all campswas about to take place, and that prisoners of war would be allowedto return to their families, and for this purpose, it was alleged,lists of places to which individual prisoners would like to go aftertheir release, were made. At that time there were: ·1. about 5.000 people in Kozielsk, among them about 4.500 officers,w about 3.920 people i n starobielsk, among them about 100civilians, the rest were officers who includedabout 400 medical officers,3~ about 6.570 peopl e -in Ostashkow, among them about 380officers AOn the 5th of April 1940 began the liquidation of thesecamps and groups of 60 to 300 were removed from them every few days ,until the middle of May. . From Kozielsk they were sent in thedirection of smolensk. Only about 400 people were moved from allthe three camps in June 1940 to Griazoviec in the Vologda oblast.................................And the document goes on to reveal further detailed information about the Polish Captives, held by Soviets.This information is so important; we should keep a special file in KS for this.Lenarda, Australia