I interviewed my father who was born in 1959. In the conversation, dad recalls stories related to World War II that he heard from his parents. From an exciting conversation lasting over an hour, I allowed myself to choose the most interesting fragments in which my father, among other things, tells how German soldiers lived in his parents’ house, and about the German gendarme Engelbert Guzdek who terrorized our region (Powiśle Dąbrowskie). This interview is an example of the second generation memories.
Halyna Serhijenko was born in 1946 in Mariupol, Donetsk oblast. She tells about the events that took place in her family and the town during WW2 based on the words of her parents and friends.
Zinaida Laskova was born on August 21, 1926 in the village of Hnylozubivka into a large family. She survived the Holodomor of 1932-1933. My great-grandmother witnessed World War II. When she was 16 years old, she was taken to Germany, where she worked first at a factory and then in a local tavern, where the locals used to come for a beer. After the war, my great-grandmother turned back home. On her way home, she was accompanied by the scary-looking prisoners of concentration camps. After the war, she got married and had three children. Until the end of her life, Zinaida Laskova was considered by many to be a very cultured, honest, and kind person.
My grandfather survived the siege of Leningrad. After the war he studied Archaeology at the Department of History.
During World War II many families were forced to resettle and head to the West leaving behind all their belongings. It was an exhausting travel in goods wagons. Zofia Mazur was a victim of the process.
The story of survival, an unknown soldier and a family.
I don’t know where my dad went. He wasn’t at home for almost a week. When German soldiers left the village he came back and his friend told him: “Don’t show the dog!” But how to hide a dog, where?!
My grandfather speaks about his life, the main focus is put on the emigration from Lviv to the Polish Recovered Territories.
The story of Stanisław Iwach and his family that travelled all the way to Wysoka, Poland from the Tarnopol voivodship in the Eastern Borderlands. The story is presented by an elderly social activist in his eighties.
The interview was conducted by my grandfather and his wife with her father, Edward Szukiel, and then prepared by me.
A story of Lidia, a daughter, and Natalia, granddaughter about their mother and grand-mother Anna Fokina, who have been forcibly moved to Germany and worked there on a plant as ostarbeiters.
The war began when Nadiia was not even a one year old, but the worst memories are connected with the post-war times, the famine of 1946-1947.
My great-granny didn’t know that in February 1943 her sister Motia, all her family including two children – Slavik and Valia – were killed by the SS officers.
In 1941-1943 my grandfather was a minor prisoner of a Nazi ghetto in Domanivka, Novobohdanivka (Odesa region). He is a son of repressed fathers, former prisoner of a Nazi ghetto. Now he is a pensioner, lives in Donetsk.
In the interview my grandfather Günter Knura tells about his experiences and about his childhood during the war.
She was born on July 17th, 1929, in the city of Lviv. She received her primary education at ‘Ridna Shkola’ named after Leo I of Galicia.
The story of my great-grandmother taught me how important faith in people is.
“Get out of here!” For the journey from Osiek to Grojec we were given one carriage for two families. We weren’t allowed to take anything with us. My brother Grzegorz arrived from Kęty and told me to take the cow. I wen…
Karl Juesten was born in West Germany. After he graduated school with 17 years, he was conscripted to the German army. First he had to stay in a work-camp in Germany. After a shot peiod of time he was sent to Calais in France. He had to build up bunkers for weapons there.
After the War ended, he married and becomes and engineer. In the 1950s they become parents, on girl and one boy.
Today they life together near the place of birth of my Grandfather.
The oldest member of my nearest family, my grandfather Józef Boba, was born in 1932 in Polanka Wielka. Together with his family, he was resettled to another town in 1940. He lost his father.