Mikołów, 11 May 1989

Editorial Board of the “Zorza” weekly
Mokotowska Street 43
00-551 Warsaw

In response to the appeal published in “Katolik”, issue 14, of 2 April, I hereby report my brother Józef Szombara as missing; he was taken captive by the Russians (Soviets) and incarcerated at the camp in Ostashkov. From there, he sent a letter to his family (copy attached). This is the last trace of my brother that I know of. Unfortunately the letter is faded and difficult to decipher, but at least fragments of it are still legible.

Personal data of my brother:

1) Name and surname: Józef Szombara.

2) Date and place of birth: 17 December 1906 in Wyry (now Tychy-Wyry).

3) Education: eight grades of elementary school in Mikołów.

4) Occupation: policeman.

5) Place of work: police station in Lipiny Śląskie. In 1938 he was posted to Zaolzie, but I don’t remember the name of the town.

6) Rank: constable.

7) When the war broke out in 1939, the police force was formed into a company and marched east, where they were captured by the Russians. I know about this because my friends from Mikołów, who also fled east, recognized my brother in a marching column.

8) My family received one letter from my brother, written at the camp in Ostashkov. I attached its Xerox copy.

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