|Family from Koroleva Ruska in the Western Lemko Region|
(1.) Lemkos who recall life in their villages before or during World War II;
(2.) Lemkos who experienced the post-World War II expulsions from their homeland, and who were resettled in either Soviet Ukraine from 1944-1946, or in Western Poland (former German territories) in 1947 (Operation Vistula/Akcja Wisla.);
(3.) Lemkos who were displaced in Allied-occupied Germany during the time of the expulsions in the Lemko region, and who became separated from their relatives as a result;
(4.) Former members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) who witnessed or had knowledge of the expulsion operations affecting Lemkos;
(5.) Polish civilians who lived in the Lemko region at the time of the expulsions and bore witness to these events; and
(6.) Others with relevant, first-hand information about the events.
In addition to locating and interviewing subject participants, the research team is interested in procuring the following types of artifacts:
(1.) Photographs (originals or digital reproductions) from the Lemko region, especially prior to Operation Vistula (“Akcja Wisla” 1947);
(2.) Letters between expelled Lemkos and their relatives in North America or elsewhere;
The oral history research project will be ongoing indefinitely; however, the research team would like to receive as many leads as possible prior to December 31, 2011. Please call us at (703) 987-0592 or email the project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.