Wrocław, 26 June 1989

The Catholic
Family Weekly “Zorza”
Mokotowska Street 43
00-551 Warsaw

Since on the list of the victims of Stalinism I have not found the name of my uncle, Major Stanisław Wołoszyn-Groczyński, I would like to provide you with exhaustive information, because I know that his son and daughter do not write to your Editorial Office on account of their poor health.

Stanisław Wołoszyn-Groczyński, major of the cavalry, was born in 1898 in Stanisławowo. He began his military career early on. He took part in the Charge of Rokitna. He married Helena Hajduk, my aunt. They had two children – son Stanisław and daughter Krystyna. In the 1930s, the major served in the 8th Uhlan Regiment in Kraków. In the years 1937-1939 he worked at the Ministry of Military Affairs in Warsaw. He was the chairman of the soldiers who fought in the Charge of Rokitna. He lived with his family in the military blocks, I think at Filtrowa Street in Warsaw. In 1938, I lived at my uncle and aunt’s place.

In September 1939, he was evacuated with the Ministry of Military Affairs towards the east, and he was captured by the Soviets in Kolomyia. The family settled in Stanisławowo. Uncle sent several letters from the camp in Starobelsk to Stanisławowo. This correspondence is currently in the family’s possession in Kraków.

My aunt in Stanisławowo went through hell. Having been sentenced to deportation to Siberia, she was hiding in a Jewish cemetery, among other places, until the German army’s entrance. In 1941, [my] aunt and her children were no longer in danger of deportation. My father Władysław Cyrek – who until that point took care of the Groczyński family – was shot by the Nazis after being denounced by the Ukrainians in 1942. After my father’s death, my aunt moved together with her children to her family in Kraków, where she died. The children still live in Warsaw.