Re: Rzezak #germany #lodz #russia #photographs

Sharon E Siegel

Dear Krzysztof,


Thank you SO much for that information.  It is the most perfect direction to follow. I do not know how to write in Russian, but I will see if Google Translate might help. I will definitely do that.


I know that they were on N. Dvina River during the logging camp.


Here are additional notes I've been making in gathering research. I will add our vital information to this now.


I also know Izzy carried a photo of his first wife and two children all of his life.  It is missing.  I would so wish to find out what Rzezak and children were killed from Lodz who might be Izzy's wife and young son and daughter. They were married for more than ten years.


Thanks a million. This means so much to us. Sharon



1939? Nazi’s were invading their hometown, Lodz, Poland, where family lived.  Anna Iglicki (Iglicka)'s father (Rabbi Shlomo Iglicki) told her, run you are the youngest.  She ran with her sister-in-law (but she may have been a fiancé, not married yet)


Deported from Bialostocka (Bialystok district) early 1940 (park where she was with others who had gathered from her hometown), she was pushed into a cattle car


Took two months to get to open border, border into White Russia opened for ten minutes at time. Anna got through one of those times but the sisterinlaw did not. Anna was alone.


 (Israel and Anna: (from Bialystok Region to Abramkowo in Archangelsk oblast – 365 persons are listed as having been deported to this settlement, part of over 1 million Poles deported to the depths of the Soviet Union)


Abramkowa 7/13/1940, Samarkana 9/11/1941, Uzbecka, Archangielskiego

Got off train in Siberia, Archangielsk (Arkhangelsk Oblasts) surrounded by water, River Northern Dvina, There was a tea house where people were sipping opium.  There was a permanent settlement further upriver.  Israel and Anna’s Work Camp is Abrankowo in Archangelsk. #119 on map of camps.


Cousin (maybe Luba) maybe Zinzkabola


After Siberia:  by boat to other side of Asia (still Russia), off the boat in Ochkan, Tashkan big city full of typhus at the time, then Samarkan (farms)


Kresyfamily records show Israel and Anna were released in September 1941 and were heading to Samarkand in Uzbekistan.


 (Deportees were rleased following the agreement between Polish and Soviet governments in July 1941, so called “Amnesty”. They could choose were to go. 


Anna met Izzy while he was working at a bakery (probably Samarkand or Tashkent, her brother would go in there to get bread. Anna was working on a nearby farm.


Went back to Poland briefly, Izzy kept looking for his family,  They went by horse and buggy, m aybe in 1945?


Linzkabola, Germans were there, Luba came to see her there, Ann and Izzy lived there for a while when she was pregnant, there was still a curfew in affect, she worried if she went into labor who would help her.


Baby was born, a former grade school classmate then a doctor helped her, cried all the time, sought help possibly at large hospital in Vienna, or Austria, after baby died (at age 2-3 months of a mastoid in ear) she spent time in a sanatorium where it used to be Hitler’s former vacation home in the mountains, beautiful area in the mountains


Izzy was drafted to Polish then Russian Army, then taken to Siberian Work Camp.

Sincerely and best gratitude, Sharon Siegel

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