[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Deportations

Karl Krueger dabookk54 at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 10 13:03:55 PDT 2004

Don't kid yourself on this Mike. Saratov was relatively close. Look at where Chelyabinsk, Troitsk, Kustanai = Qostanay are. Lots of Germans were transported that far. My grandmother with my mom as a little child along with some other families were even brought as far as Samarqand. They all originated from eastern Poland near Lublin. That will make you think Saratov wasn't that far after all. 
I have only fragmentary knowledge of what went on in those years but my grandmother did write down the years and locations any of our relatives died. In one winter, in Sol' Iletsk, she had to bury in succession her two sisters-in-law and her mother (my g-grandmother). Since the ground was frozen and she had no money for formal cemetary fees, she went to a freshly dug up grave, redug the ground, and buried the first relative that died. Later that winter a second relative died, then a third, still in the winter. She apparently buried all three in the same grave.  I wonder how she ever maintained sanity through all this.
The distance the Germans were transported is remarkable, but the stories of what they had to endure is something we all should try to preserve. I regret that I was so ignorant about asking my grandmother about her experiences during the deportation while she was alive

Michael & Maureen McHenry <maurmike at bellatlantic.net> wrote:
That was a very interesting story. Saratov is over a 1000 miles from
Warsaw in a straight line. I would be interested in a few more.


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> There is a lot being said about Volhynia. Does anyone know what
> in middle Poland and the villages near Warsaw? This saw major battles
> early in the war.

Between the years of 1995 and 1998, I interviewed a number of people who
came from RusPoland in the areas of Lipno, Sierpc, and Wloclawek. These
interviews were transcribed and collected in a book, a copy of which I
donated to the SGGEE library.

Because of the current interest in the deportation prior to WWI, I will
to excerpt some portions.

Olga Jabs was born in the city of Sierpc in August 1900 and lived in
until 1920. She was 89 years old when I interviewed her.

She told me that she was 12 years old when the family was sent to
She together with her mother and older brother went by train as far as
Warsaw. She said it was winter time. They then were sent to the city of
Saratov. When I asked if there were a lot of Germans there, she said,
but they were Russian Germans. They were nice. And when I got confirmed,
was like the smallest. All of them big... special the Russian Germans.
were all big people." Olga was confirmed in 1916 at Evang.-Luther. St.
Marien-Kirche in Saratow. She thought there were about 300 kids
with her.

She said they stayed there 4 years, and told me "I made myself 16, and
got a job making cigarettes. So I was wrapping cigarettes.... Then I
I could make more money. I went down the river on the boat and we
rye. I made myself sixteen, but I wasn't sixteen. Thirteen."

"And my uncle was a gendarmes so he got a freight car so my mother and
sister came back."

I asked her if her home was still there when she got back to Sierpc, and
said, "half.... ripped it apart... My best friend. She was married to a
Polish guy, so she was not taken. She was wearing my mother's clothes,
she said she bought them. That was my mother's friend."

Later she repeated, "When we came back, everything was destroyed...The
was living there. She dyed all the clothes my mother had. My mother took
to court, because my mother wanted the clothes. And she fell on her
and she swore that was her clothes. But in the seam you can see the old
color.... She had to move out. The Scheune where you put the rye in was
there, but some was destroyed. Because that was built from not from
that was there. But the barn was built from wood, so they burned it for

"When we came from Russia we didn't have nothing. We came in the spring.
Everything was planted and we didn't get any. The clothes what we got
Russia, that's what we had."

Olga Jabs immigrated to the USA and lived in Connecticut until her death

This is one example of the interviews I did. If you are interested, I
post excerpts from others in separate posts.

Linda Pauling

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