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Kresy Family group
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 (out of print)
ISBN 1 872286 33 X
Province (Województwo) NOWOGRÓDZKIE
Postal District (Poczta) Gieranony
Community (Gmina) Lipniszki
District (Powiat) Lida
The settlement is located 30 km north-east of Lida, on the road between Lipniszki, Gieranony and Dziewieniszki. The names and military ranks of some of the settlers were as follows: Captain Kowalski, the mayor of Lipniszki shot by the NKVD after the Red Army invaded; Sergeant Kalikst Węcławowicz (Virtuti Militari), Secretary of the Community; platoon cadet Jan Kasprzak, a native of Mazowsze; Corporal Antoni Madany (Krzyż Waleczny) [Cross of Valour], legionnaire, a native of Mazowsze; Burblis, a war invalid who died in 1938; Jan Worek, legionnaire, highlander [góral] by origin; Feliks Pawlikowski, a war invalid.
The settlement was established in 1922 and despite the difficult beginnings, the settlers' farms grew relatively quickly in prosperity and aroused the admiration of local farmers. Relations with the local population were generally friendly. These areas are known for their hospitality. The church was 4.5 km away in Gieranony, where there was also a primary school and a junior high school. Those for whom Gieranony was too far sent their children to the nuns in Zyl.
In the town of Lipniszki there were the Community administrative offices, an elementary school, junior high school, medical clinic and other buildings. All these settlers fought fiercely when they were needed and by divine judgment they won a memorable victory over a bold and powerful enemy. Therefore, they deserved the nation’s respect and remembrance.
The settlers' way of life in Jodańce, and much else, was interrupted forever when the Soviet occupying authorities deported everyone on February 10, 1940 to various "oblasts" throughout their empire.
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