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Joined: 5 Nov 2013 / Male ♂
Last Post: 16 Jan 2014
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Interests: Polish History WW2

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5 Nov 2013
Genealogy / Trying to trace members of Wiatr family [11]

I am a member of the Kresy Group cited by Maksym.
This is what we do.

Stefan Born 1929
Jadwiga Born 1929
Mieczyslaw Born 1925
Marian Born 1934
Stanislaw Born 1931

Deported from the Baranowicze area 24th February 1940 to Vologda Oblast, Vozhegodski Raion, Village of Żarowskij
This is one database that you can use at:

Best regards.

By the way, from the Russian database we know his mother Larisa died 15/8/1940

The family came from: Village of Puziniewicze
gmina Turzec, county stołpecki, voivodeship nowogródzkie

5 Nov 2013
History / Russian Labor Camps pre-WWII (in the regions of Poland) [7]

Hmm, alternatively, he could have been one of the several thousand Polish Soldiers from all over Poland who saw the war was lost and used the opportunity to try to cross in to Hungary/Rumania and was then caught by the Red Army. The GULag was full of just such cases.
6 Nov 2013
History / Polish conscripts to German army [124]

There were in fact 89,300 members of the Polish Armed Forces who had previously served in the German Armed Forces. Once accepted by the Poles, no further stigma was attached to this previous service - many fought bravely and were decorated for their actions. Volksliste Poles were also employed by the communist Polish authorities - several served in the Polish Embassy in London. By the account of the Polish Military Attache of the time they remained proud of their service under Rommel in Africa.

I would direct you to:
"To Return To Poland Or Not To Return" - The Dilemma Facing The Polish Armed Forces At The End Of The Second World War PHD Thesis by Dr Mark Ostrowski at:

It will answer many of your questions. There was a great deal of anti-Polish feeling in the UK from 1945 onwards, largely instigated by the Trades Unions, but also from a socialized general public who had yet to be made aware of the horrors of Stalinism. Kind "Uncle Joe" was not a view most of the Poles held. Having said that, Britain did have a moral obligation to house the Poles. To quote Churchill:

"In any event, His Majesty's Government will never forget the debt they owe to the Polish troops who have served them so valiantly, and to all those who have fought under our command. I earnestly hope it may be possible to offer the citizenship and freedom of the British Empire, if they so desire.... But so far as we are concerned we should think it an honour to have such faithful and valiant warriors dwelling among us as if they were men of our own blood."

More so, the Poles were deemed non-repatriable by the Terms of the Yalta Agreement. Since they could not be forced back to Poland, they would have to be tolerated.
16 Jan 2014
History / The role of PSK during WWII? [5]

PSK:Pomocnicza Służba Kobiet [Women's Auxiliary Service]

Best regards. P.