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Polish Resistance Pardoned?

racheepie 2 | 5  
4 Sep 2008 /  #1

I know very little about the Polish Resistance and Underground Movement from WW2, which my grandfather was part of. Because of his activities whilst with these organisations he felt he could never go back to Poland, because he thought he would be immediately killed as his name would be on a list. Sadly he never did go home. How true is this view that he had? Was there a serious danger if you had been part of the underground/resistance? And if so then did it cease to exist past a certain time. Any help would be greatly received.
Del boy 20 | 254  
4 Sep 2008 /  #2
he felt he could never go back to Poland, because he thought he would be immediately killed

hi, a bit of history of Poles who settled in UK after 1945
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
4 Sep 2008 /  #3
unfortunately many Polish Resistance members were killed by commies. Comunists treated them as a enemies of the state. They fought for free Poland and didn't accept the soviet 'occupation'.

Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,149  
4 Sep 2008 /  #4
How true is this view that he had?

Such things used to happen soon after the war...

And if so then did it cease to exist past a certain time.

but rather not anymore after 1956...
Ozi Dan 26 | 569  
4 Sep 2008 /  #5
Hi Racheepie,

RIP to your grandfather. Where was he active during WW2? Warsaw?

I recommend the Polish movie "Ring with the crowned eagle" for a good drama on what happened to AK soldiers at around the end of WW2.

Read Norman Davies books on Poland too.

Regards to you, Dan
Babinich 1 | 455  
4 Sep 2008 /  #6
Try this book: 'Fighting Warsaw' by Stefan Korbonski
Easy_Terran 3 | 312  
4 Sep 2008 /  #7
Was there a serious danger if you had been part of the underground/resistance?

As my honourable preceding speakers mentioned, your grandpa fought for free Poland, and as such was considered a crminal (sic!) by motherloving communists.

Many, many brave Polish soldiers, Polish heroes who fought on every front imaginable, at the end lost their lives tortured to death by f** commies in the cellars of commie prisons.
5 Sep 2008 /  #8
My wife's grandmother was in the Polish Resistance and was a nurse caring for injured Polish solders.
One time she was caring for a solder in her home and the Germans came and took her away to the Gestapo Headquarters in Lublin, where she was 'questioned' for two weeks before being sent to Majdanek concentration camp.

She spent 18 months in this hell hole and saw many inhuman atrocities, and she later found out that it was one of the local women who turned her in to the Germans as she needed medicine for her child who was very ill.

My wife's Grandmother never blamed her for this and said, 'this is war and you do what you can to survive'.
Her son still survives to this day and came to my wife's grandmothers funeral last year and was very welcome by the family.

She kept quiet about her war activities and incarceration throughout the communist years in fear of what was spoken about above, although she maybe wouldn't have been taking by the communists in being a woman, but she didn't want to take the risk.

When communism fell in Poland there was a rush by people to gain compensation from the German government for her time spent in the Majdanek concentration camp; however, many people were trying to make false claims for money and the procedure became very strict and was almost insulting to the real claimants, subjecting them to almost interrogation tactics that my wife's grandmother gave up and said she wouldn't lower herself to that procedure.

There are many stories like this across Poland and each family has at least one if not more stories of the persecution during and after world war II.

But Polish people are proud survivors and being British I feel privileged to live amongst them.
Borrka 37 | 593  
5 Sep 2008 /  #9
Rather unknown chapter of Russo-Polish relationship during ww2.

Many Russian partisan troops were operating in today Eastern Poland (area of Bialystok, Lublin etc.).
Their main occupation was looting Polish peasants.
Later on they became vanguard of NKVD in searching for Polish underground soldiers just in order to give them holidays in Siberia for free.

My Grandfather who was a young AK-army doctor told me about regular battles between Polish partisans protecting villagers and Soviet heroic looters.
celinski 31 | 1,258  
5 Sep 2008 /  #10
Polish Resistance and Underground Movement from WW2

First hand accounts of what took place. Use the link to see the other parts it tells the real truth. As Polish military was coming out of the sewers to get away from the Germans they were met at the other end by their allies "Soviets" that would shoot them.
OP racheepie 2 | 5  
6 Sep 2008 /  #11
Thanks for the help guys, I've looked at the links and it's made me understand it a lot more. The things I've read are terribly sad, and I feel ignorant for only just finding out about them. It seems a very good thing that he didn't try and return, though it is obviously a shame he couldn't. Especially as he did have a wife and son at home. In reference to whether he fought in Warsaw, I think he may have as his records state he was involved with the 1939 September campaign in Poland. But he wasn't part of the '44 rising as he was with the british Army by this time.

Borrka and ukpolska your relatives experiences sound a horrible thing for them to be a part of and show how it did affect individuals, which is important as statistics can take away the human element.

On a similar note, his son had his mother's surname, even though they were married when they had him, we assume this is because of his involvement with the resistance being of a danger to his family, is this right?

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