Bolesław Makowski - Work 5 years for a goat
Describing how the commandant of the camp told him he could get a goat after 5 years of hard work.
Bolesław Makowski - Czudak the horse
Describing how he was assigned to work with a sleigh and a horse called Czudak, and also describing the woman who was in charge of the stable.
Bolesław Makowski - Sharing food in Siberia
Describing how people would share anything but food, and when someone did share their food, it was a mark of extreme courage.
Bolesław Makowski - the camp store
Describing the strange and limited contents of the camp store.
Bolesław Makowski - millions of bedbugs
Describing the infestations of bedbugs
Elzbieta (Komar) Watrach - Mother was jailed
Describing how her mother went to the town to sell their belongings, and was arrested and jailed on her return.
Eugenia (Piotuch) Smolnicki - Tried to save bread for her mother
Eugenia describes how she kept wanting to save part of her bread so that she could bring it to her starving mother, but she was so hungry herself that she …
Maria (Załuska) Strońska - Saved drowning girl in Siberia
Describing how she saved a girl named Wanda from drowning in the river in Siberia.
Feliks (junior) Scazighino - What helped them survive
Describing how their mother would sell valuables that she had brought from Poland, and how this helped them survive and leave the USSR.
Feliks (junior) Scazighino - Hard life in exile
Describing how he had to work in the fields at age 6 1/2 !!
Ludwik Cytera - Written biography of Ludwik Cytera
This is the life story of Ludwik Cytera as discovered and written up by his grandson Christopher Cytera.
Dioniza (Gradzik) Choros - Conditions at the camp
Dioniza describes the work that the adults and the children did at the camp.
Bernarda (Karbowa) Andrejczuk - How were the Russians in Siberia
Bernarda describes how the Russian people who preceded them to the camp, and were still stuck there, were in the same situation as they were – sometimes their conditions were …
Antoni Stelmach - Siberian Husky
Antoni talks about the dog that was his companion while at the camp – a stray Siberian Husky that may have been left behind by those who had preceded them …
Halina (Myszak) Babinska - 12 year old works at Kolkhoz
Halina describes the work she did, as a 12 year old, at the collective farm in Uzbekistan.
Halina (Myszak) Babinska - German settlement in N Kazakhstan
Halina describes the German settlement that was located near their village, where she would go to exchange some of their belongings for food.
Halina (Myszak) Babinska - Picking and selling berries
Halina describes how she would pick berries and then sell them in the nearest town, in order to earn money to buy some food for the family.
Zofia (Dudek) Kogut - Bedbugs and work in Siberia
Describing the various measures they took to get rid of the bedbugs. Also describing the work in the forest, including the branches that the school children would gather and burn …
Jerzy Wiktor Bockenhein - Building a brick wall from snow
Explaining how the collective farm was 50 km from the Chinese border, with very harsh winters, and the Poles were forced to make bricks from the snow and build a …
Tadeusz Marczak - Camp in Siberia and then Amnesty
Tadeusz describes the work they completed at the camp in Siberia, and the how they made their way out after ‘amnesty’.
Aleksandra (Jarmulska) Rymaszewska - Youth keeps up their morale
Describing how the younger deportees at the camp remained hopeful that they would one day make it out of there.
Boguslaw Aleksander Topolski - About Hunger
Alex describes his decision to leave home at age 16 to join the Polish Army being formed in France. He goes on to say that his time in the USSR …
Andrzej Wieslaw Dębicki - Murdered by Typhoid
Andrzej shows a drawing by Alicja Edwards and explains how this drawing epitomizes for him the entire experience of the deportation. He then reads a text about the death of …
Maria Nowotarska Kołodzińska - Grandmother dies in Russia
Maria describes how devoted she was to her grandmother, and how she was present when her grandmother died.
Eugenia (Piotuch) Smolnicki - Kids refused to sing on Good Friday
Describing how the Russian teacher could not get the children to sing on Good Friday. The children knew instinctively that this was not done.