Prior to the beginning of World War 2, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact secretly dividing Poland into two. The Soviet regime was very hostile towards the Polish population, and almost a million Polish nationals were sent away to the USSR.
Some were sent to Siberia, others to Soviet Central Asia, usually to work in Gulag labour camps and exile settlements in very remote areas of the Soviet Union. After the German invasion of Poland, a part of Przemyśl found itself on the Soviet Side, and hundreds of residents from this area were arrested for political or other reasons and deported to the Soviet Union.
Przemyśl area residents deported to the Soviet Union
The Polish State Archive Przemyśl branch has scanned 446 pages related to people deported to the USSR from the Przemyśl area between the years 1940 and 1941. The individuals listed within these documents come from many ethnic backgrounds such as Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish. According to documents, there are 199 people listed within these documents.
The documents contain vital data for anyone doing genealogy searches such as the person’s date and place of birth, name of parents, address where they lived prior to the war, date of deportation, occupation, as well as next of kin and relative data. It also includes the name and relationship of the person registering the individual.
Izaak Goldstein – Tailor
One such individual who was sent away to the USSR was tailor Izaak (Isaack) Goldstein who was born in 1889 in Tyrawa Woloska. While living in Przemyśl he was sent to Novosibirsk Oblast in June of 1940 for unknown reasons. The person registering the individual was his wife Felicja Goldstein. His information is listed on Page 97/98 of the scans, and we have extracted some information here in the following scans.
He was sent away with his son
Izzak Goldstein was sent away with his son Salwator who was just 13 years old. Usually the trip to remote regions of the Soviet Union was a treacherous one, and many people never made it to their final destination.
Izzak had relatives in the United States
Schlome Ader was listed as a relative. He resided on 147 5th Street in New York City, New York, United States. Schlome’s relationship to Izaak is not known.
We don’t know what happened to Izzak or his family
We don’t know what what happened to Izzak, his son, his wife or the rest of his family. Since he was sent away to Siberia, it is possible that he or his son never experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. It is also possible that he and his son perished in Siberia, as nearly 50% of Poles deported there, never came back.
We’ll try to find out, but if you have any information on Izzak Goldstein, please contact us.
View the Records
The information is currently scanned as images, and is not indexed. If you wish to help out with the indexing, please contact us. To view the records at the Polish State Archive Przemyśl branch, please click on the link below:
- Polish Red Cross Przemyśl Branch – 56/407/1.2/16 – Registration of people deported to the USSR 1940-1941
(Rejestracja osób wysiedlonych do ZSRR)
Page 108 Holuszko, Further one page Horodynski
Page 83 – Fedorko
Page 69 – Demko