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Alexandra Copley

Alexandra Copley

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Nazi legitimacy document Legitimacy document given to Alexandra's father Zygmunt Pracki by the Nazis - He was taken by the Wermacht as a POW during the September 1939 campaign. He then convinced the German 'Komendant' to allow him to leave the forced march towards Germany by (falsely) claiming that he had been born in a western part of Poland at a time whenthis could have claimed him as being German. Zygmunt Pracki then crossed over into Soviet occupied Eastern Poland. He ended up as a POW in USSR and was evacuated to Iran with Anders Army.
Polish recruits Urals 1941 Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki and two other Polish army recruits (airforce?) in the Urals 1941 - Kuybyshev?
Pracki family arrive in Pahlevi Alexandra as a toddler, held by her mother Maria Pracki. Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki, has written on the back of the photograph "Pahlevi 28th March 1942... First steps beyond the border" so this was the date of their arrival, in one of the first evacuations.
Refugees in Karachi Alexandra (middle child in sailor suit) as a refugee at the Country Club refugee camp in Karachi (then India, now Pakistan). Unlike Valivade and Balichadi the accommodation was tents rather than permanent structures. Approximately 1944.
Refugees in Karachi Alexandra (child in sailor suit) as a refugee at the Country Club in Karachi (then India, now Pakistan). Alexandra is with Major A.S.A Allan, the Commander of the Camp, approximately 1944. This is a cutting from an English language publication in Karachi.
With Camels enroute to Krasnovodsk Polish soldier and camelier with camels 1942. This photograph comes from the collection of Zygmunt Pracki, and his journey in modern day Turkmenistan en route with the Polish Army from Kazakhstan to Krasnovodsk. The journey took him through the Kara-Kum desert.
Polish airmen 1932 Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki, on the left in 1932 (aged 29 years) - most likely National Service (Airforce)
Billeted with Uzbek family 1942 Alexandra Copley as a small child (wearing a headscarf). On her left side she is holding the hand of her mother, Maria Pracki and on right side she is holding the hand of Uzbek woman Apa. Apa is also with her two daughters. Just behind (but partly hidden) is Alexandra's first and best friend Irgasz (Apa's son). Alexandra's father Zygmunt Pracki is standing to the extreme left. Alexandra and her mother were billeted to this mud hut belonging to Uzbek woman Apa in 1942, near Samarkand. Apa's husband had been drafted into the Red Army.
Billeted with Uzbek family 1942 Alexandra Copley as a small child (wearing a headscarf), with her Mama and also Irgasz, the son of the Uzbek woman they were billeted with. Alexandra and her mother were billeted to this mud hut belonging to Uzbek woman Apa in 1942, near Samarkand. Apa's husband had been drafted into the Red Army.
Billeted with Uzbek family 1942 Alexandra Copley as a small child (wearing a headscarf), with Uzbek woman Apa, her two daughters and son Irgasz. Alexandra and her mother were billeted to this mud hut belonging to Uzbek woman Apa in 1942, near Samarkand. Apa's husband had been drafted into the Red Army.
Entrance to Polish Camp Urals Entrance to the squadron of Alexandra's father Zygmunt Pracki, Polish camp in the Urals, Russia 1941 - Kuybyshev?
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Zygmunt Pracki 118034
Polish airmen with camels Kara-Kum desert Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki and other Polish airmen with camels. Kara-cum desert, 1942. Journey in modern day Turkmenistan on their journey from Kazakhstan to Krasnovodsk.
Polish Army Camp Urals 1941 Polish Army camp of Alexandra's father, airman Zgymunt Pracki. This shows the camp cookhouse and waterwell, 1941. Kuybyshev?
Polish Army Camp Urals 1941 Polish Army camp of Alexandra's father, airman Zgymunt Pracki. This shows the camp living quarters, 1941. Kuybyshev?
Train journey through USSR Group in front of railway carriage, either enroute from Urals to Uzbekistan or at a slightly later date from Kermine to Krasnovodsk . The man in the centre in Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki, and he is holding Alexandra as a baby
Zygmunt Pracki Urals 1941 Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki at the Polish Army camp in 1941. Kuybyshev?
Zygmunt Pracki Urals 1941 Alexandra's father, Zygmunt Pracki at the Polish Army camp in 1941. Kuybyshev?