Kresy Family

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Osady - Military Settlements 1921-1940​​​


Translation from the book  
Z Kresów Wschodnich R.P. Wspomnienia z Osad Wojskowych 1921-1940 
(From: The Eastern Borderlands of Poland, Memories of Military Settlements 1921-1940)
Pub: Ognisko Rodzin Osadników Kresowych (OROK)

 (Association of the Families of the Borderland Settlers) 
London, UK. 1992 and 1998
ISBN 1 872286 33 X 


Province (Województwo) POLESIE

HENRYK NOWICKI
OSADA OSOWNICA 

Municipality (Gmina) Osowce
District (Powiat) Drohiczyń


My father Antoni Nowicki, came from Ciechocinek [Ed. note: Lies south of Toruń on the river Wisła].  At the age of 17 he escaped from the Germans and volunteered for the Piłsudski Legions  [Ed. note: Polish military force formed by Marshal Józef Piłsudski in 1914 to fight for independence]. He received the Cross of Valour.  After the war he received a plot of 62 acres on the Owzicze settlement.  The nearest neighbour was Kralski (mayor): others were Walas, Wasylak, Domański, Piskanowski, Wawrzyniak.

There was a school and a dairy in Osowce.  I and two sisters attended the school, whilst my eldest sister attended the high school in Drohiczyn.   A settler’s co-operative organisation to which my father belonged was also there.

I was born on 29 April 1929, so at the age of ten, on 10 February 1940, I was transported to Russia.  Following the outbreak of the war my father was called up into the police force and served in Janów, Polesie.



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