[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] WWI and War Wives

Richard Benert benovich at imt.net
Wed Oct 31 11:12:51 PDT 2007


Since you've told me that the village concerned here was Milaszew (which is 
fairly far west in Volhynia), it is possible that your grandfather's wife 
was among those who took advantage of the close proximity of the advancing 
Austrian/German army and hid in the woods, thereby avoiding the expulsion to 
inner Russia and putting themselves in a position to be "captured" by the 
Germans, who treated them a good deal better.  Many of these people wound up 
in Germany.

The fact that her husband was a Russian soldier makes no difference.  The 
Russians deported nearly everyone, regardless of whether a family member was 
fighting for Russia.

Dick Benert
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> Once again I need some help understanding part of a story:
> My grandfather married in 1909 and in 1910 began 4 years of service in the
> Russian army.  His wife was taken to Germany for safety.  This confuses me
> because he was a Russian soldier, they were fighting the Germans, she was 
> the
> wife of a Russian soldier, yet of German heritage.
> Does anyone know about this?
> Rita Lyster
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