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Re: Elena Lipowich
Posted by: Hania (ID *****4169) Date: March 05, 2011 at 16:02:06
In Reply to: Re: Elena Lipowich by Mike Dokuchic of 2700

Mike,

This region and its people was ravaged by the comings and goings of both Stalin and Hitler. I recently read an exc book called "Bloodlands" by Timothy Snyder. If you are interested in WW2 history in Eastern Europe, this is an exc read. There is a chapter devoted to Belarus and it is an especially painful read.

During the war many villagers were taken by the Germans as Ostarbeiter (forced laborers) to Germany. If you have dobs and full names you could do a search thru BAD AROLSEN ARCHIVES in Germany. Stalin too did his bit and sent entire families to Khazakstan and Siberia. There is a Stalin List of Terrorism, leaked out of Moscow Archives, that lists the many arrested and sentenced to hard labor . I will look to see if any Lipovich are listed there. This will have to wait for a week or so, because I have a very busy week coming up.

Post WW2 the Soviets enforced mail censorship and when mail arrived from the west, it was smarter to stay away
from any such spotlight, so most mail was left unanswered. In most cases it was in the very early 50's that contact was severed. The emigrant family members assumed their families were dead, and stopped writing.

You mentioned a relative in Malech??? Did that person make a personal inquiry w/the village mayor in Zhychin re
Elena's family? Maybe there is still an elder in the village who might have some memory of where families were being sent?

In the last 20 yrs many villagers have migrated to the larger cities for economic reasons. I checked Brest and found no Lipovich there. I will look in Kobrin and Minsk. One never knows.

How is your Russian?


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