I am looking for help in verifying a story told to me by my
grandfather. Kiwa SCHWARZ claimed that he was drafted into the
Austria-Hungarian army at the beginning of WW I and was eventually
captured by the Russians and spent time in a POW camp in Siberia.
He was living, at that time, in the village of Niemirow, Galicia (now
Nemiriv, Ukraine). I believe Niemirow was at that time in the Rawa
Ruska district, though also close to Lemberg.
My research suggests that the capture (if the story is true) might
have occurred after the siege of Przemysl in early 1915, where more
than 300,000 A-H troops were captured. The Austrian Military
Museum in Vienna has offered to do a search of their records, but
wants a lot of money up front before they start and give no guarantees
(or refunds) if they find nothing. Any suggestions?
Morris Plains, NJ
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