Jan Stepek was deported to the Archangelsk region in the Soviet Union. When Stalin was forced to allow the Poles to leave, Jan Stepek and his family began their road to freedom, the journey through Kazakhstan. Finally, Jan was able to join the Polish Army, and then he transferred to the Polish Navy.
Jan recovered from everything that life, war, disease and hunger could throw at him and became a very successful businessman in Scotland and father of ten children.
Jan in Polish Navy circa 1943
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Kresy Family group
For there is hope. Jan Stepek’s story
Written Statements from Jan's sisters Zofia aged 17, and Danuta aged 15, to Polish Officials in April 1942 on arrival to Persia/Iran