Been reading with interest the dialogues between list members and Irena at
the Hoover Inst. and Alexander at Memorial/Archangel archives
Got me thinking about which [of the many possible] direction(s) I should be
Having looked up my grandfather on Karta, this was the info I recieved:
Areszt 1940, Ukraina, Charkowska
Wykas spraw prowadzonych przez organa NKWD Zachoniej Ukrainy i Bial~orusi (
wybo�r z ksiegi Rejestracji Spraw Archiwalno � S�ledczych NKWD ZSSR), kopia
Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwos�ci Rpi Os�rodek KARTA � tom, strona, pozycja
I have translated this very basically but don�t know how I go about getting
a copy from the above mentioned Ministry? Any ideas? Is there where Irena or
Alexander comes in?
My Polish is not great [and I wasn�t armed with a dictionary at the time]
but I am interested to know other people�s experience of using Karta � what
the different categories of prisoners mean � what was the common category
for a soldier arrested trying to escape across the border etc? [I was always
told that my grandfather was arrested for being a spy because he spoke
perfect Russian to the soldiers that caught them...]
Have other people come across discrepancies and aren�t these to be expected
given the huge number of people taken to Siberia?
It is not written anywhere in my grandfather�s war records where he was in
Siberia [perhaps he didn�t know and it was a numbered camp only] but I know
the work they did was logging. Is there somewhere in Karta I can attempt to
find this out? I went through the sections listed with no joy.
So many questions!
Ah, I also know the depot he enlisted at for Ander�s army was Tockoje.
Does this help me at all?
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