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Michal Jan Henryk Giedroyc (1929 - 2017)

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Michal Jan Henryk Giedroyc
Born in Łobzów, Polandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], [private daughter (1960s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2018
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Michał Giedroyć was born in January 1929 in Łobzów, then in Poland, now in western Belarus, to an aristocratic Lithuanian family. At home they spoke Polish. His father, a senator and judge, ran the family’s large estate in Łobzów.

On 21 September 1939, his father was arrested on the estate; in April 1940, Michał, his mother and two elder sisters were deported to Nikolaevka in northern Kazakhstan, where his mother worked on a kolkhoz. [1] The family survived two and a half years of hard labour until, exhausted and half-starved, they were freed by Stalinist decree to begin another odyssey, this time heading thousands of miles south across Soviet Central Asia and under constant harassment, towards Iran. There, at 15, Giedroyć joined the Free Polish Army, fired up to reclaim his occupied homeland. Michał was too young and so in 1944 he was sent to Camp Barbara, near Gaza in Palestine, for military training. It was General Anders himself who presented him with his certificate.[2]


In August 1947, he arrived in England and began his university education. He became an aircraft designer, married and had three children. It was not until 1948 and after much research that he and his family learnt that their father Tadeusz (Tadzio) Giedroyć had been shot by the NKVD in June 1941 while being transferred from Minsk prison to Igumen prison, because he was too weak to walk.


After 2000, he decided to write his memoirs to put an end to the nightmares he still suffered from, published in 2010 as Crater’s Edge detailing his and his family's experience resulting from WWII


Michal Giedroyc, a Polish aristocrat sent to forced labour in Siberia by the invading Soviet army in 1939, has died 'suddenly' at the age of 88.[3]


  1. gulagmemories
  2. telegraph
  3. dailymail

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