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Stanisław Migut - Post War Life

Stanisław Migut - Life in USA

Stanisław Migut - Life in USA - Part 2

Jan Kazmierow - Catching turtles in Turkmenistan

Jan describes how he and his brother Tomasz kept up their health in Turkmenistan by catching and eating turtles.

Jan Kazmierow - Sneaking loaves of bread

Jan describes how they managed to sneak loaves of bread after his brother is assigned to a delivery job during forced labour in the USSR.

Jan Kazmierow - Sister dying on the sledge

Jan describes his sister dying on the sledge on the way to the Russian camp.

Jan Kazmierow - Dead Polish soldiers in deportation train

Jan describes seeing dead Polish soldiers in the open carriages after the train stopped during deportation.

Jan Kazmierow - The morning of deportation

Jan describes the Soviet soldiers smashing up pictures of Saints on the morning of deportation.

Bernadetta (Gorzelanczyk) Kazmierow - The return of the father

Bernadette describes living under Soviet reoccupation and the return of her father.

Bernadetta (Gorzelanczyk) Kazmierow - Soviet reoccupation and journey home

Bernadette describes their journey back to their town after the Soviet reoccupation and their encounters with some of the Soviet soldiers along the way.

Bernadetta (Gorzelanczyk) Kazmierow - Soviet reoccupation and hiding in the forest

Bernadette describes the reoccupation and the night that they were hiding in a house in the forest as the Soviets fought the Germans, with Soviet patrols moving in and shooting

Bernadetta (Gorzelanczyk) Kazmierow - Polish man drowned by Germans

Bernadette retells how a Polish man from the town was taken by the Germans and drowned during the German occupation.

Bernadetta (Gorzelanczyk) Kazmierow - Polish girls during German occupation

Bernadette describes how the Polish girls had to step onto the road when passing German girls during the German occupation of Poland.

Wanda (Gorzelanczyk) Noble - Trouble with the SS

Wanda describes getting into trouble with the SS during the German occupation and being lucky enough to be released.

Wanda (Gorzelanczyk) Noble - Banning Polish during German occupation

Wanda describes the Germans banning Polish and burning books/documentation during the German occupation.

Wanda (Gorzelanczyk) Noble - Travelling across Germany

Wanda describes travelling across Germany to the British Zone following the Soviet reoccupation and then leaving for the UK.

Wanda (Gorzelanczyk) Noble - Soviet reoccupation and held at gunpoint

Wanda describes Soviet soldiers bailing her up with a gun to question if she is Polish or German during the reoccupation.

Wanda (Gorzelanczyk) Noble - Returning home to village

Wanda describes returning to her town, from hiding, after the Soviet/German frontline had moved through in 1944 during the reoccupation.

Wanda (Gorzelanczyk) Noble - Soviet Reoccupation and helping POW

Wanda describes the family taking in a POW and night bombings as the Soviets moved through Poland attacking the Germans.

Krystyna Teresa Andrecka - Early years in Australian DP camp

Krystyna describes the first years of their life in Australia where the men worked in the Jarrah timber mill and they all lived in huts. The work was dangerous but

Krystyna Teresa Andrecka - Grandfather's body never found

Krystyna explains that her grandfather was an officer who was killed by the Soviets but that his body was never found.

Krystyna Teresa Andrecka - Hardships endured through USSR

Krystyna retells the hardships of her mother and grandmother’s journey from USSR to Persia, being packed in wagons, starving and having to eat grass and dogs to survive.

Krystyna Teresa Andrecka - Childhood in Tengeru

Krystyna describes her childhood in the Polish refugee camp of Tengeru in East Africa – the huts, the jungle and climbing trees.

Aniela (Kosakowska) Janicka - Forced Labour

Aniela describes being taken to Germany and as a 14 year old she had to do hard physical labour laying the railway tracks.