THE SOVIET INVASION OF POLAND DURING WORLD WAR TWO

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The material on this website has been compiled by Henryk Sokolowski, the son of Polish World War Two survivors Bronislaw Sokolowski and Anna Usowicz.

Mr. Sokolowski holds a number of positions in Polish-Canadian organizations in Toronto.
 
  1. Treasurer of the National Board of the Polish Combatants' Association in Canada and curator of its archive and library.
  2. Vice-President of Toronto Branch # 20, Polish Combatants' Association, and a former curator of the Branch 20 museum and archive (the museum is still accepting donations of memoirs, memorabilia and documents to help preserve Poland's World War Two legacy).
  3. Assistant Curator of the Col. B. Orlinski Museum and Archive located in the Wawel Villa seniors' residence in Mississauga, Ontario.
  4. Honorary President of Kresy-Siberia (Canada).
 
He may be reached at hsokol@rogers.com.

Their Story in a Nutshell

Anna was a 12 year old farm girl when the Russians invaded Dzisna in September of 1939. Surviving that occupation and the German occupation that followed in 1941, she was eventually taken by the Germans during their retreat from the advancing Red Army in 1944, to a Chemnitz aircraft factory for slave labour. She managed to escape with 2 brothers during an Allied bombing raid and fled to Italy via Austria. At one point on the journey, younger brother Andrzej, starved and weak, fell into a coma and was given up for dead but revived to witness the sight of his sister grieving his death.
 
Bronislaw was a teacher in Drohobycz and a reserve artillery officer who first engaged the German army during the blitzkrieg of September 1939. Surviving capture by the Germans, he was able to return to teaching but was eventually deported on the 10th of February, 1940 to a labour camp in Siberia by the Soviets. While there, he spent 5 months in prison for "counterrevolutionary" activities. Freed, he joined the Polish Army in the southern U.S.S.R. and fought in Italy under General Anders. 
With the Soviet occupation of Poland in 1945, the war did not end for him and his comrades. Now living in Canada, they kept busy raising funds for the Polish Government in Exile in London and lobbying on behalf of a free Poland. He was awarded the "Kawaler Polonia Restituta" for his patriotic devotion to Poland.  

Bronislaw Sokolowski (r) with cousin Stanislaw Pola 

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These men have just re-joined the Polish army in Guzar, Uzbekistan in June of 1942 after having escaped slavery and imprisonment in Soviet Siberia. 

Preserve Your Family History

Do not throw out your parents' documents, books and photos. Consider donating them to an archive of Polish History where they will be preserved and put to good use. 

Artillery Officer Cadets at Wlodzimierz c. 1936
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How many of them died defending Poland in 1939 or perished at Katyn in 1940?

Anna Usowicz (r) and friend, Italy 1945
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Finally freed from war and hunger

It is estimated that some 1.7 million Polish citizens were deported to Siberia during World War Two by the Soviet regime. We are trying to account for every one of them. Click below to learn more about this little known event. 

Click here to visit the Kresy-Siberia web site