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Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« on: Wednesday 05 April 17 14:07 BST (UK) »
Hi all,

Was wondering if anyone could help with a unsolved family mystery. My grandad was a POW in Poland during WW2 and it has always been a rumour that he had a daughter (presumably when he went to work outside the Stalag). We have absolutely no information about her apart from a first name. Can anyone suggest where to start with research? We have war records so know which Stalag he was interned in but that is about it.

Any help welcome!!

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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 05 April 17 19:50 BST (UK) »
Did he make any provisions for her when he died as a will may have her name in it,
did he pay any money via his army pension directly to the mother of the child rather a hard one to get started on
Do you know exactly where he was interned
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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 06 April 17 02:27 BST (UK) »
Thank you for your response. I will look into those suggestions, they had not crossed my mind. Fortunately we do know he was in Stalag XXB and worked on farms around Marienburg- that is about it though! It is definitely a tough mystery to solve!


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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 06 April 17 03:41 BST (UK) »
Here is an article from the Daily Mail from the opposite perspective.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-476097/Sleeping-enemy-The-British-women-fell-German-PoWs.html


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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 06 April 17 04:09 BST (UK) »
Interesting story barryd,

Not an easy beginning but a very happy ending.

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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #5 on: Monday 23 July 18 20:13 BST (UK) »
Hi !
Firstly excuse me my broken English, but I hope you will understand it. I see, you wrote your posts more than one year ago and I want to ask, did you solve the family mystery ? The reason I ask you is that in my family we have also a similar mystery. As I read your posts I couldn't believe that someone can write what I'm now searching. I read it and rub my eyes with astonishment. My heart beats hard...
After the reading I try to calm down and think maybe it were more stories like that and the way to solve our mystery is yet far away. Ok, I will write you now a little about our mystery. 
My grandmother (the mom of my mother) was a young polish woman when the WW2 was started. After the Germans occupied the whole land she has been sent to work to a farm near Malbork (Marienburg). While she worked there met a British prisoner from the stalag and fell in love.
The fruit of this relationship is my mother. My grandma didnít want to speak much about it, also to my mother. The case came to light as my mom was 18 and get her ID-card, because she has a surname like my grandma as she was an unmarried woman. She learned then that her father she knew isnít her biological father. She was shocked. My grandma told her the story of the love to a British prisoner. The grandma told her also that after the war he was searching for her and the child through the red cross, but she couldnít response for fear of repression by the communists. After that she met an another man and got married. My mother was full of pretensions that she never tried to find him. My grandma died two years ago and the knowledge about the story had very few people in the family. Even the siblings of my mother donít know that she is only their half sister. My mother is now 74, she was born on 2 nd March 1944 and I know she would like to know how looked her biological father and maybe to meet her half siblings in GB.
Are these stories not similar? Before I read your posts I wanted to write to the British Red Cross, but I would like it not to be needed anymore. Do you know the first name of the child or of the polish woman ? Maybe do you have even a picture of her ?
I hope you will write it soon even though it's been over a year.

Greetings from Poland
Roman

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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #6 on: Monday 23 July 18 21:42 BST (UK) »
Hi !
Firstly excuse me my broken English, but I hope you will understand it. I see, you wrote your posts more than one year ago and I want to ask, did you solve the family mystery ? The reason I ask you is that in my family we have also a similar mystery. As I read your posts I couldn't believe that someone can write what I'm now searching. I read it and rub my eyes with astonishment. My heart beats hard...
After the reading I try to calm down and think maybe it were more stories like that and the way to solve our mystery is yet far away. Ok, I will write you now a little about our mystery. 
My grandmother (the mom of my mother) was a young polish woman when the WW2 was started. After the Germans occupied the whole land she has been sent to work to a farm near Malbork (Marienburg). While she worked there met a British prisoner from the stalag and fell in love.
The fruit of this relationship is my mother. My grandma didnít want to speak much about it, also to my mother. The case came to light as my mom was 18 and get her ID-card, because she has a surname like my grandma as she was an unmarried woman. She learned then that her father she knew isnít her biological father. She was shocked. My grandma told her the story of the love to a British prisoner. The grandma told her also that after the war he was searching for her and the child through the red cross, but she couldnít response for fear of repression by the communists. After that she met an another man and got married. My mother was full of pretensions that she never tried to find him. My grandma died two years ago and the knowledge about the story had very few people in the family. Even the siblings of my mother donít know that she is only their half sister. My mother is now 74, she was born on 2 nd March 1944 and I know she would like to know how looked her biological father and maybe to meet her half siblings in GB.
Are these stories not similar? Before I read your posts I wanted to write to the British Red Cross, but I would like it not to be needed anymore. Do you know the first name of the child or of the polish woman ? Maybe do you have even a picture of her ?
I hope you will write it soon even though it's been over a year.

Greetings from Poland
Roman


Hi Roman!

Thank you for your response! Unfortunately we have very limited information. Can I ask the name of your mother? Do you have a name for British POW?




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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #7 on: Monday 23 July 18 23:02 BST (UK) »
Hi again ! Thank you for the quickly answer.

Of course, I can give the name of my mother. Her first name is Gertruda germ. Getrude, the name of my grandma was Zofia (Sophie) Kaczmarek. I have also very limited information. My mom isn't sure the name of the POW, she said it sounded like Davis Roberts or Robert Davies or something like that. But she is not sure. I'm hoping it helps us...

Greetings
Roman

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Re: Help please! WW2 POW mystery
« Reply #8 on: Monday 23 July 18 23:08 BST (UK) »
I am following this with interest and have my fingers crossed that you both get the outcome that you are looking for.
Good Luck!
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