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Palestine tent Photo taken in Iraq 1943. First on left my father Lucian Aksnowicz along with his friends Henryk Kwiatkowski and Edward Metelica.
Matera_001 After graduation from Szkola Podchorazych Piechoty Matera Italy.
montebelluna1 Among friends at Montebelluna Italy after the war.
Lucian age 20 Lucian Aksnowicz from the town of Zajezierze about 12km. from Glebokie. This photo was taken in 1937 shortly before leaving for his basic military training with the 16th Infantry Regiment at Tarnow.
Glebokie Area Map Map of the Glebokie area from the 2nd Republic. My father's village Zajezierze can be seen lower left just above lake Serwecz.
The Church of Lucian’s Baptism 1916 Church of the Assumption in Dzierkowszczyzna as it is today.
Braslaw Map of Powiat Braslaw. My father was assigned to the 3rd Batalion of KOP, Slobodka Zawierska, near the town of Braslaw, Major Lachowicz Cmdr. His duty assignment was with Komp. Karabinow Maszinowych. In 1939 the 3rd batalion was moved to Augustow to assist in it's defence.
pullman_coach Along with frieght cars, coach cars were also employed to transport Polish military prisoners. Soviet security was lax and guards were undisciplined. Lucian Aksnowicz and two other prisoners were able to jump the train. Lucian made it back to his home traveling on foot mostly by night. Pictured is a typical coach car of the time.
represmedal Adam and Melvina Aksnowicz lived on their land at Zajezierze 12 klm from Glebokie with five sons, Jozef, Lucian, Alfons, Piotr and Jan. On the 1st of November 1940 Lucian was arrested by NKVD at his home and taken to Glebokie police station. After being interrogated and tortured he was sent to Berezwecz klastor where he was held until trial. Lucian who served in Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza and later joined a local anti-Soviet resistance group was tried as an "enemy of the people" and sentenced to 12 years hard labor in the Siberian camps along the Kolyma river. It was tantamount to a sentence of death! The rest of the family was taken from their home and deported to Barnul in Siberia. The entire family with the exception of Jan the youngest who died of sun stroke at Barnul survived the war.
Church and Carmelite Convent Kosciol i klasztor Karmelitow- Berezwecz in Glebokie Poland. After being captured by the Soviets my father was jailed here. The NKVD had converted this church and monastery in to a prison and slaughter house for Polish soldiers and political undesireables.
b3 Berezwecz Basilica and surrounding Klastor an early 20th century photo. Photo courtesy of Nadzieja Babie, Belarus.
berewecznew1 Early 20th century photo of Berezwecz monastery. The buildings to this day are being used as a penitentiary. Photo courtesy of Nadzieja Babie, Belarus
Berezwecz_today Berezwecz Klastor as it is today in Belarus, still in use as a prison.
brezwecze Brezwecze Klastor today. (Note the barbed wire.)
PIELKO Porucznik Eugeniusz Pieklo my fathers principal and teacher from his secondary school in Dzierkowszczyzna Poland, murdered at Katyn.
Dziurma Dziurma the cargo ship that transported my father to hell!
campmap1a Rare map of the Kolyma camps from Anatol Krakowiecki's KSIAZKA o KOLYMIE, Veritas, London 1950. My father met the author at Magadan. And later after the war provided the next photo of the cemetery for his book.
aaa3 In Siberia at Kolyma cemetary. My father is crouching left of the grave marker. This photo was taken in 1942. After the "Amnesty" of 1941, prisoners were given better clothing and food rations were increased in an attempt to coverup abuse and mistreatment in the labor camps.
aaa4 My father standing center row, third from left. Photo taken at Magadan in Siberia 1942 after the "Amnesty".
magadan3 Another photo taken after the "Amnesty" in Magadan USSR.
magadan1 My father worked as a "busboy" after the "Amnesty" at a "stolowka", (restaurant) in Magadan. He is standing second from the left top row.
magadan2 Reverse of the prior photo, the restaurant staff at Magadan. Some of the names are still reable.
persia1 After Kolyma and malaria as a private in the "Anders Army."
Biskup_Gawlina Biskup Gawlina celebrates Mass for the troops in Iraq.
dadpalestine1943 Another photo from Iraq 1943. My father stands first from the left. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
palestyna In Iraq 1943 Edward Metelica, Lucian Aksnowicz, Henryk Kwiatkowski. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
aaa5 Lucian Aksnowicz in British Army battle dress just prior to the assault on Monte Cassino 1944. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
5_KDP_Rome Elements of the Polish 5th Kresowa division in Rome. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
aaa7 My father standing center in front of St Peter's, Rome. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
aaa9 Sierzant Lucian Aksnowicz, 5th Kresowa Division, 16th Lwow Rifle Battalion, Polish 2nd Corps, British 8th Army. Photo taken in Rome 1945. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
16thlbs Badge of the 16th Lwow Rifle Battalion Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
aaa12 Badge of the 5th Kresowa Division Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
1300_1 Monte Cassino cross and document awarded to battle participants. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Henryk_Kwiatkowski Henryk Kwiatkowski a close friend and comrade-in-arms, served with my father from Iraq thru Italy. Settled in Chicago, Illinois after the war. In 1951 he became my Godfather. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
aaa8 My father outside the Szkoła Podchorążych Piechoty, Matera Italy. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Roma5a Photo taken in front of the military school, Matera Italy. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
matera2 Field training for future officers. Matera Italy. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
daditaly1944 Photo taken in Italy after Cassino probably in 1945. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Matera Photo taken near the military school in Matera Italy. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Matera1 Photo taken infront of the military school in Matera Italy. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
gradmatera Polish and British officers at a military parade Matera Italy. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
plazastmartin In Argentina during the time of Juan and Evita Peron at the Plazza San Martin in Buenos Aires.
Brazil_001 Passenger ship "Brasil" which brought Lucian Aksnowicz to New York in 1953.
aaa10 Lucian Aksnowicz at Monte Cassino, oil on canvas by Rozalinda Vasai. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
aaa11 31 October 1916 - 25 December 2006 R.I.P. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Obituary of Lucian Aksnowicz Obituary of Lucian Aksnowicz Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Obituary of Lucian Aksnowicz Obituary of Lucian Aksnowicz Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
promemoria1 On the 12th of January 2007 the Republic of Poland awarded the medal "Pro Memoria" to my father posthumously for his participation in the fight for Poland's freedom and independence during the Second World War.
new2 Map of the dispersion of Poles from Kresy into the world's largest prison.
joseph1 Jozef Aksnowicz my father's older brother served with the 3 Dywizjon Artylerii Konnej in the September Campaign 1939. September 1939 Campaign
joseph4 Jozef Aksnowicz August 1939. September 1939 Campaign
Alfons Aksnowicz Alfons Aksnowicz, my father's younger brother also joined the Polish Second Corps in the middle east and served in an armored unit. Polish 2nd Corps in Italy (Gen. Anders)
Piotr_Aksnowicz The youngest of Lucian's brothers Piotr, served with the Polish First Army formed and trained in the Soviet Union; fighting along side the Red Army on it's way to Berlin. Piotr stands far left wearing the light colored jacket. Polish Kosciuszko Division (Gen. Berling)
sybiracy_1 The National Bank of Poland has minted coins commemorating the Siberian exiles, the lost generations of the Polish nation. This coin of 10 zlotych denomination was struck on 26 March 2008 in sterling silver with a proof finish. It also contains a zirconium stone inset in the design.
Parents of Lucian Parents of Lucian; Melvina Kalicka Aksnowicz and Adam Aksnowicz.
Church Group Photo 1933 Youth group parish church of the Assumption Dzierkowszczyzna powiat Dzisna 1933. Lucian Aksnowicz at age 17, standing top row just left of center
Church Group 1933 Youth group parish church of the Assumption Dzierkowszczyzna Ks. Krawel pastor.
Another Church Group 1934
Uniformed KOP Rifleman Strzelec Lucian Aksnowicz, 3rd Batalion Korpusu Ochrony Pogranicza, Slobodka Zawierska, Powiat Braslaw. Photo taken in 1938.
KOP BADGE Badge worn by the Frontier Defence Corps. (Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza)
KOP Service Hat While the rest of the Polish Army wore the typical four cornered service hat "rogatywka", the Frontier Defence Corps "KOP" wore a round service hat with a navy blue band and yellow piping.
Wilno Railroad Station While the 3rd battalion of KOP was deployed at Augustow and the simultaneous invasions were in progress. Lucian Aksnowicz was assigned as a courier to carry documents and letters back to Slobodka Zawierska. Above is a photo of the Wilno railroad station where he was captured and detained by Soviet military. About 2000 Polish soldiers were then marched to a large field near Nowa Wilejka where a separation was made of officers and enlisted personal. Subsequently all were shipped by rail to unknown destinations.