[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Untangling a Welke mystery.
dabookk54 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 16 06:16:54 PDT 2014
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
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
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
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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