[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Untangling a Welke mystery.

Karl Krueger dabookk54 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 16 06:16:54 PDT 2014

Hi Joyce,
It is important to consider the year this happened - 1917-1920. Adolf was still only an older teenager so I doubt very much doubt very much 1 and 2 are likely. 3 could be consistent with 4 and I would trust your father's account the most since he would likely know more about this story being such a close relative.

One thing I did not see you say is where this happened. It probably did not happen in Dubeczno. All the Germans were deported towards Siberia during this period so where was your father's family deported to? This makes your father's account even more likely. In EWZ Russian records you often see the term "verschleppt" for missing fathers or sons. Here is a case where Adolf was verschleppt.


On Sun, 6/15/14, Joyce Guasch <jguasch at fastmail.net> wrote:

 Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Untangling a Welke mystery.
 To: ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org
 Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014, 4:47 PM
 What is likely to have happened to
 Adolf? What are the possible situations? 
 My father, one of eight children, had an older brother,
 Adolf. There are
 several stories of what happened to Adolf before the last
 four children
 immigrated in 1920 from Dubeczno, Poland. These are stories
 told to them by
 their parents, siblings of my father, about Adolf's death. 
 1.    Adolf was a train conductor or engineer and
 died in a train wreck
 2.    He was shot as a spy
 3.    He died in a ditch while hiding
 4.    Last but not least: This came from my sister
 who said that she had
 gone out to a nice dinner with our parents in their later
 years and dad had
 a drink with dinner. As a rule, dad didn't drink. For
 whatever reason, he
 brought up his brother Adolf. He said that the Bolsheviks
 came into their
 home and took Adolf away. Quite some time passed before they
 found out he
 was dead (quite some time could mean anything, a week to a
 year). My sister
 was shaken as Dad became emotional and if more was said my
 sister doesn't
 remember. But she does remember something about "The Freedom
 This would have happened between 1917 or 18 to early 1920.
 My aunt has an
 entry in her Bible that says Adolf died in 1920 (or is that
 when they
 learned of his death).  Adolf was born in 1901, so he
 would have been 17-19
 when this occurred. My dad was nine years younger. Their
 father may or may
 not have been alive when Adolf was taken as he died in
 Joyce Welke Guasch
 of Springfield, OR
 Researching: Welke, Gurke, Beniamin
 Ratz, Lentz, Zimmerman of East Poland
 Haner, Lindley, Wisbey, Bailey,
 of the US and Germany
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