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This webpage is part of the international project “Visualisations of 20th-century Forced Migrations”, a joint initiative of the ENRS and Deutsche Gesellschaft e.V.

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Walk I. Guide: Maria.

 

In 1945, the previous inhabitants of the village, among them Maria's family, were ordered to be expelled. After a few kilometres, they turned back and could return to their homes. Some time later, at night, most of the former inhabitants fled the village. This group included the interviewee's grandmother, aunt and father. The next day, the guide's relatives decided to return.

Walk III. Guide: Wioleta.

 

After the Second World War, Wioleta's great-grandparents were forced to flee to the (former) Czechoslovakian side. However, their daughter and her six children remained in the Polish village. Today, Wioleta and her family look after the Evangelical-Reformed church in Pstrążna, a place to which descendants of the former inhabitants still return.

Walk IV. Guide: Krzysztof.

 

After World War II, most of Krzysztof's family managed to prove their Czech origin and remained in the village. In a different situation was the family of his great-grandmother's sister, who, after struggling with exclusions from the authorities, decided to flee to nearby Machov.

Walk V. Guide: Ilona.

 

In 1945, the Red Army passing through the village burnt down Ilona's family home in Radgoszcz. While the grandfather and five children stayed behind, the grandmother and the interviewee's 18-year-old mother set out to find a new home for the family.

The published material consists only of excerpts from the walks conducted. Their selection is an attempt to highlight the threads most frequently raised by the guides during our several meetings.

 

 

Walks

Walk II. Guide: Zygmunt.

 

Zygmunt's mum came from the Tarnopol area, his dad from Podhale. They met during forced labour in the German Reich, and after the end of the Second World War they were assigned a house in Pstrążna.

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