Date added: 2014-09-12 Jerzy Wiktor Bockenhein / UK

/ Bockenhein – Grandmother dies and 10 year old sister buried her / PL

Describes how he, his mother and his grandmother were all in hospital with typhoid. He was lying in the bed with his mother, and she was in a worse state than he. When his mother came out of the fog of fever, she asked after her mother, and he remembered he had vaguely been aware of a body being removed from that bed. Only his sister was well and so, at the age of 10, it was left to her to arrange the funeral. (Note: Jerzy has had a stutter since the start of the war, when a bomb landed on their house and frightened him so much that he did not speak at all for some days).

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Author of memoirs

Jerzy Wiktor Bockenhein

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  • Place of Birth: Rozwadów
  • Place of residence in 1939: Lwowskie
  • Deportations and repressions: Collective farm in the area of Alma Ata, approximately 50 km from the Chinese border / Where the family came down with typhoid fever and were hospitalized /
  • Military experience: 1945-1947 - ‘Junacka’ Mechanical School
  • Other wartime circumstances: Civilian Camp in the Middle East: TehranFrom Pahlevi, they went to Camp No. 1 in Teheran, where his mother signed up for a nursing course, and then worked in the hospital there. They were on the list of those who were to go to New Zealand, when they learned that Father was serving in Iraq (he must have been arrested earlier and ended up in a different part of the USSR, from which he was released on amnesty). The family ended up in Isfahan rather than New Zealand. He and his sister went to school there, while there mother was head nurse in the Polish section of the local hospital. When the war ended, the family was to join the father in Italy, but the family only made it as far as Egypt when the families were prevented from going further, as the British were now preparing to evacuate the Polish Army from Italy to the UK. So they stayed in Egypt, where his mother worked for the Polish Red Cross, and Jerzy went to Cadet school (Junak), and his sister was in the SMO school in Nazareth.
  • Place of residence after 1945.: Egypt

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