3/15/05 Dear Olga,
My mother and father were at Orlyk. Below I have sent a copy of a permit issued by the camp administrator. My mother's maiden name was Olga Lawriw and married Paul Wasylewski. Both were born in Ukraine and met at the camp. Their initial destination to re-settle was Canada, but were actually tranported to Australia. It would be interesting to hear from any others that were at the same camp. Regards Peter Wasylewski / Australia
10/3/04 Hello Olga. This photo is 55+ yrs old:
Insula DP camp is at the lower left, Orlyk is in right center part. Orlyk had 2,000 Ukrainians. Orlyk barracks were returned to German government. Sincerely, Ventis Plume / Anchorage, Alaska
My father, Zenon Melnyk, spent time in DP camp Orlyk after the war. I have a camp permit that was my father's similar to the one above. I have a couple of other Orlyk-related documents too.
My father was Ukrainian but born in Poland, in 1925, and while at Orlyk, I think, studied in Munich at a Ukrainian Technical Institute (if that is geographically possible). But he never finished, and emigrated to England, where he met my mother. Sadly he died in 1977, without ever having discussed his wartime experiences with me. As a result, I have several documents and photos about which I know very little, though I'm guessing two or three date to the period at Orlyk.
By the way, one of my father's two brothers was a political prisoner at Sachsenhausen. He survived, however, and migrated first to Belgium and then to the US, where he still lives (in Ohio).
I'm copying Olga Kaczmar, whose site I was delighted to find, in case she's interested in this tiny sliver of history.
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Olga and Anna (on the right), April 1947
Anna, April 1947
Paul, Anna and Olga, August 1947
Paul and Walter, May 1948
Olga and Walter, 1948
Anna, Olga and Paul, Sept 1948
Paul and Peter Wagil
Anna and Paul, Aug 1949
Anna and Walter, Sept 1949
Olga and Paul in Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden S & P Wagil
CYM Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner Jan. 6, 1949