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A letter from Zofia Młyńczak to her in-laws written from Siberia, where she had been deported in April 1940

1940-12-01

Polish History Museum

Polish History Museum

On 17 September 1939 the Red Army invades Poland from the East, thus fulfilling Stalin’s obligations towards the Third Reich stipulated in the secret protocol of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. The Soviet Union’s government declared that the 13.5 million Polish citizens who lived on the annexed land were now under Soviet rule. From February 1940 to June 1941 Polish citizens were being deported in large numbers into Soviet interior. Deportations affected the families of officers, bureaucrats, police, lawyers, doctors and other representatives of the Polish intelligentsia.

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  • Title: A letter from Zofia Młyńczak to her in-laws written from Siberia, where she had been deported in April 1940
  • Date: 1940-12-01
  • Location: Tutuyas, Novosibirsk Oblast
  • Transcript: Dear Parents, Sisters and Brothers, I have already sent a few letters but received no response. So I am writing again. I have been deported to Siberia, have no idea where Kazik is, I’m looking to you to save me. If by any chance you receive this letter, please write back as soon as possible, just to enable me to contact someone close to my heart. I’m having a really hard time, please try to arrange a meeting at the Consulate to take me away from here. If only you could take me from here, I would be grateful to you for the rest of my life.
  • Credit: Polish History Museum
  • Collection: Młyńczak family

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