Jan Patyra

Born: 14th April 1921

Kraznystaw, Poland

Date of interview: 30th July 2006

Map showing where Jan Patyra came from

Could you tell me a little bit about your mother?

Oh, my mother she was a religious lady.

Countrywoman. Very good with the children but, she - in those days we didn't have a radio or television so the people had a lot of children. No cars, no electricity, nothing like that, those days you know it was very, very primitive. So my mum used to go to church on Sundays and I don't think that she could read, she couldn't read or write because I never ever remember writing to me a letter or reading anything. What I used to do in the winter, mother used to do that, I don't know what, somebody who could read - they used to gather together in somebody's house and somebody read their - mostly the life of some saint or something - that's how it was. But, she was a lovely lady and going back.

See when I was arrested, my mother cried. Arrested by the Soviets, my mother cried and he said to mum 'Don't cry, we not taking away, he only going to show us the way because we are strangers here.' But my mum knew better. And I was arrested and I was away for twenty-two years.