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  • bobambros
    Thanks Stefan for the expert answer. I am relieved to learn that these documents are preserved. Congratulations on 100 members. Bob Ambros ... documented by
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      Thanks Stefan for the expert answer. I am relieved to learn that
      these documents are preserved. Congratulations on 100 members.

      Bob Ambros

      --- In Kresy-Siberia@y..., Stefan Wisniowski <swisniowski@p...> wrote:
      > Bob,
      > Thousands of the survivors' depositions were painstakingly
      documented by
      > Anders Army for posterity after their 1942 evacuation to Persia.
      They were
      > entrusted to the Hoover Institution in Stanford University in Palo
      > California. Irena Czernichowska, one of the archivists, is a
      member of the
      > Kresy-Siberia group and has been very helpful to us. A Microfilmed
      copy of
      > at least part of the archives in now also in Warsaw and London (see
      > description below).
      > You can read more about the Hoover archives on my previous message
      in our
      > archives, linked at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kresy-
      > Also, there are two books I am aware of that refer extensively to
      > materials, both available from www.Amazon.com. They are:
      > (1) "Revolution from Abroad : The Soviet Conquest of Poland's
      > Ukraine and Western Belorussia", by Jan T. Gross, Princeton
      University Press
      > 1988 and
      > (2) "War Through Children's Eyes : The Soviet Occupation of Poland
      and the
      > Deportations, 1939-1941", by Irena Grudzenska-Gross (Editor) & Jan
      > Gross, June 1995.
      > Regards
      > --
      > Stefan Wisniowski
      > The collection contains over 18,000 original personal accounts and
      > questionnaires of former prisoners and deportees, some documents
      dating back
      > to 1941, most completed later, shortly after the 1942 evacuation
      from the
      > Soviet Union. The materials were once filed in one sequence
      numbered 1 to
      > 18,304. Later the file was broken into two sections, one labeled as
      > "Relacje" and the other as "Ankiety", translated loosely
      as "Statements" and
      > "Reports" in the present Hoover register, but with the old
      > retained. The highest number of the "Reports" file is 15,714, and
      > highest number in the "Satements" file is 18,304. The "Statements"
      and the
      > "Reports" files are complementary, with numbers which are lacking
      in one
      > file found in the other. The documents have an alphabetical card
      > occupying the first 34 boxes of the Anders Collection, comprised of
      > 18,000 cards, listing the name, brief biographical data, and the
      > corresponding personal account or questionnaire number. The 18,000
      > documents contained in the next 33 boxes of the Anders Collection
      > 35-68) represent a variety of formats. Two questionnaires, one
      > page-long ten point form, and the second, a four-page
      questionnaire, were
      > commonly used. There were also specialized questionnaires -for the
      > for Jews, one about working conditions, etc. Some less typical
      > such as general situation reports, regional compilations, and
      memoirs, are
      > also numbered with "Reports" and the "Statements". The personal
      accounts and
      > questionnaires of the Anders Collection have a detailed subject
      index with
      > about 250 entries on cards (boxes 89-92). There is also a card
      index (boxes
      > 93-107) of several thousand names of people who died in prisons and
      > camps or who were probably left behind after the 1942 evacuation to
      > Additionally, the index includes the names of suspected
      collaborators and of
      > Soviet camp and prison personnel. Besides the original accounts and
      > questionnaires and the card indexes, the Anders Collection includes
      a large
      > number of internal documents and reports collected or produced by
      > Documents Bureau (boxes 68-81). Finally, the Anders Collection is
      > supplemented by materials generated by a 1951-1952 U.S. Government
      study of
      > Soviet labor camps. During that time, with the permission of
      General Anders,
      > the entire Anders Collection and some files of the Poland-Ambasada
      > Union) Collection, were loaned to the Library of Congress. In
      exchange, the
      > Hoover Institution received copies of the resulting works -nearly
      > English language abstracts of the personal accounts from the Anders
      > Collection (boxes 81-87), card indexes on the geography and
      terminology of
      > the Soviet camp system (boxes 108-109), and a final report of the
      > Two other Hoover Institution collections include original
      depositions of
      > Polish soldiers and civilians, former prisoners and deportees in
      the Soviet
      > Union. These are the Poland-Ministerstwo Informacji i Dokumentacji
      > Collection, and the Poland-Ambasada (Soviet Union) Collection. Most
      of the
      > holdings of the Documents Bureau were filmed in 1945-1946 in Italy,
      > the transfer of the archives to the Hoover Institution. These
      microfilms are
      > now part of the Col. Wincenty Bakiewicz Collection in the Archives
      of the
      > Polish Institute and the Sikorski Museum in London. The personal
      papers of
      > General Anders are also at the Polish Institute.
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