Date added: 2018-07-3 Krystyna (Kołodyńska) Downey / New Zealand

/ Krystyna Kołodyńska-Downey “Father POW in Germany” / EN

Krystyn’s mother was able to communicate with Krystyna’s father via Red Cross. Father taken prisoner by Germany already in late 1939 and transferred to a prisoner camp in Southern Bavaria. Krystyna has letters from her father which he wrote from German prisoner of war camps to her and her mother in Kazahkstan. He was an officer. She talks about how officers entertained themselves. Created courses of lectures. Produced theatres. Boredom was biggest enemy.

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Author of memoirs

Krystyna Kołodyńska Downey

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  • Place of Birth: Wołyńskie / Krzemieniec
  • Place of residence in 1939: Wołyńskie / Krzemieniec
  • Deportations and repressions: Kolchoz near Siemioznoj / In the village of Siemioznoj "Siemioznoj means seven lakes" /
  • Military experience: - - 
  • Other wartime circumstances: Orphanages: Pahiatua, New Zealand

    Civilian Camp in the Middle East: Esfahan
    During Krystyna's time in Esfahan, Krystyna continued her Polish school education in classes provided by Polish educators that organised schools for Polish children who lived as refugees in Esfahan from 1942 to 1945.
  • Place of residence after 1945.: New Zealand / Pahiatua

Full interview available:
Kresy – Siberia Fundation