I dedicate this page to my:
Uncles Stefan and Pavlo Karaszkewycz.
They were forcibly taken to Siberia for reasons
unknown. My uncle Stefan, after years in Siberia returned home
and died shortly after and my uncle Pavlo is buried out there
somewhere. At the time his whereabouts was unknown, until we
received a Death Notice in 1969 (see below second photo). Family
in Ukraine sent this Notice to us in Australia. I remember
father crying for months.
My Uncle Paul’s Death Notice from Siberia.
(Double click on
image to enlarge)
To my mother-in-law's whole family,
with the exception of Auntie Sofia Svynko (who was not in her
village at the time), were sent by cattle train into Siberia. My
wife’s mother did not know where they were until we found them
in 2010. We visited my wife’s two surviving uncles in that year.
They told us horrific stories which were beyond belief. How can
anyone endure such atrocious conditions.
One can understand the hatred they have for their
oppressors, the Soviets. They say that nothing has changes, only
they are now called Muscovitess.
They were released in 1967 to be told that the
charges against them have been dropped. They were also told that
they could not return to their village as it was totally
destroyed by the Polish Army during Operation Visla in 1947.
To every Ukrainian family;
the vast majority can recount similar stories of their families.