Find out what happened with my Polish Catholic family in Naliboki and their journey to Jankovice then to a German Labor camp in Germany. Babcia is Maria Chlebowicz (nee Dalidowicz), Dziadzia is Bartromiej Chlebowicz. I knew that Babcia had 3 younger brothers (Jan, Dominic and Antoni) and they had older half siblings 3 I believe. What I knew (was told) (weak) was Babcia’s Father was Lukasz (in the Polish Calvary) (his first wife died) and Mother was Amelia (I think will try to verify with Ciocia Frania (the last of my Babcia’s children). Babcia and Dziadzia immigrated to the US around 1949 after a man sponsored them to work on his farm on the Eastern Shore in Maryland then to Cape St. Claire area. Dziadzia had a brother, Michael and a sister, Urszula. Michael married had children 3 I believe only one son and he died. They were all in Germany at the time. Urszula remained single. They lived in Hildesheim, Germany. I remember my mother Anna and my Grandmother Maria getting letters from Germany. My grandfather, Bartromiej, only had 3 daughters (a first daughter Teresa died at 4 years old), then there was Anna (1934), Janina (1938) and Franciszka (1942). All daughter so that name, that branch of family is dead.
My Babcia shared stories I believe as a girl and newly married in Naliboki. I have come to believe they left before the Naliboki Massacre. I don’t know if any of the 1st Dalidowicz family were killed but some fled and were able to return years later to live. Their church was burned and rebuilt and rededicated in the late 1970’s (?) Church of Assumption of Holy Virgin. My mother and aunts traveled there for the rededication (Babcia had never left the US after they immigrated and wanted desparately to go and could not because she had just suffered a stroke). They donated a portrait now St Andrew that stands to the right I believe. So after all of these pieces, my question is to search which labor camp in Germany did the Chlebowicz family get put into. Were there ever any records of this? My mother, a pre-teen, at the time never talked about this but we all are starting to believe that she suffered either from the atrocities directly or what she saw there. It colored her life mostly in a bad way. Is there anyone out there that has a similar story to build this journey from Poland to Germany to the US.
My Dad’s story Lis was similar to many who went by way of Siberia and did the Middle East Route settling for a few years in the Polish settlements in Africa near Tanganyika. We have several books who did this journey also.
It is my mother’s story that we know the least. My Babcia’s brothers (John and Antoni settled in Chicago and Dominic in Oshawa, Canada) All the elders have past.
Can I get some help?
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