Re: April deportations - can anyone explain the figures?
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Here I am back with the group after an enforced absence. The difference of numbers is one we have dealt with previously in the group. The discrepancy comes from which particular set of numbers one chooses to believe.
In 1940 and the first half of 1941, the Soviets deported more than 1,200,000 Poles, most in four mass deportations. The first deportation took place 10 February 1940, with more than 220,000 sent to northern European Russia; the second on 13 April 1940, sending 320,000 primarily to Kazakhstan; a third wave in JuneJuly 1940 totaled more than 240,000; the fourth occurred in June 1941, deporting 300,000.
The Polish Wikipedia gives the following:
February 1940: 140,000
April 1940: 61,000
June 1940: 80.000
June 1941: 85,000
It's my first day back so I'm not going to be controversial about "old" figures versus "new" ones. Suffice it to say that you are free to choose which numbers to believe. You may like to go back to some of the previous posts that deal with this issue at great length.
Regards, Mark Ostrowski
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "petermuskus" wrote:
> Dear All,
> The Virtual Museum lists 320,000 deported in April.
> Karta lists 50 trains leaving in April, approx average of 1200 per train = 60,000.
> This is a huge difference, why?
> Babusia writes that she was arrested on the 13th April in Rawa Ruska, changed trains in Lwow on the next day, where new families from Lwow were added, and arrived at Alga 13 days after setting out. The train that has the closest match is listed as having left Rawa on the 20th and is the only one destined for Alga. Another possible train left Lwow on 13th for Aktyubinsk. I cannot explain the discrepancy, but must remember Babusia was writing 20 years after the event. A single train from Rawa to Alga is not possible because of the change of track width in Lwow.
> I look forward with interest to your ideas.
> Best wishes