17 Mar 2012 #42
My Father was Born in a Displaced Person camp in Hildesheim, Germany in 1947. He also doesnt know who his father is but has been told that he was a Big Polish Soilder who abandened my Grandmother and went back to Poland where he already had a family. My Grandmothers name is Michalina Lachera and my fathers name is Josef Jan Lachera.
I have been for a few years now trying to trace my Fathers families Ancestory. I have managed to this year find my Fathers Uncle which has been amazing. We are slowly asking him questions. What we have so far:-
My Fathers family, his Mother, came from Western Ukraine. A small village called "Taubivka" it is now called "Holubivka" and is inbetween Zhytomir and Kiev. They were Polish Ukranians along with most of thier neighbours apart from a few Ukrainians and they had a Farm and owned a lot of land which the Russians took away and made it a Collective Farm. They lost everything.
When the Germans then invaded they rounded up and shot his Grandfather. They wanted to take my Grandmother away to work but her older brother insisted he went instead, then after a while the remaining family (my Grandmother, her two remaining brothers and thier Mother) were sent on to Germany to work. They worked on a Germans Farm. They worked seperately, the boys on the Farm and the ladies in the Saw Mill. Every night the boys sneaked in with their mother and sister to sleep.
From here they went to a camp called Walsrode. Then I think they were liberated and went on to a Displaced Persons Camp in "Hildesheim". Trilke Verke.
I have several pictures of thier time in Hildeshiem. One with a lady who lived in the next hut called Zoshia. I will try and put them on here.
My Great Uncles stayed in Germany. In Fallingbostal (were he is today) and the other married a German lady and lived in Hameln. There mother died around 1948 (i am trying to get this information now). My Father has written off to the "International Tracing Service". Here they have information on everybody who entered Germany during WWII.