Catholic mother, wife, widow:
Survivor of Nazi forced labor camp
Julia was the daughter of a music teacher and his wife: Antonia MIRONOWICZ and Eufemia PAWLOWICZ. Julia married Jozef URBANOWICZ on January 11, 1898, in Pinsk; she and her husband were was 22. Nine children were born to the union; four reached adulthood. Julia was widowed when she was 57.
She was 64 when World War II intruded into her hometown of Pinsk, Poland (now Belarus), in autumn of 1939. First, the Russians took over and held control for two years. During those two years, Julia continued living in her own home. Although she was a widowed woman, Julia owned her own house. In 1941, the Germans marched in and took Pinsk from the Russians. Things got worse for Julia: the Germans moved troops into her home, and she was forced to find some other place to live. Then, in 1943, the Germans put Julia on a cattle car and moved her into Germany, to be used as slave labor. Julia was 68 when she arrived at the slave labor camp. She was a physically small woman. She was used as part of a work crew that was force-walked daily to building sites a few miles away. Her job was to carry bricks, to move the bricks from place to place. She had no building trades skills, so her role became that of a human pack mule, for two years.
The war ended in 1945. Julia had another four years in a refugee camp in Germany before she was able go to Australia as a displaced person.
When Julia entered Australia, she reported her date of birth as 1-Aug-1877, two years younger than she was according to the Archives in Belarus. She fudged the truth about her age because the United States and Canada had already refused to accept her as a displaced person. Her daughter Maria was not going to leave her aged mother behind, so the solution was to "white lie" about Julia's age and go to Australia.
Julia entered Australia in 1949, with her daughter Maria (married name MAKSYMCZUK), with her son-in-law Wlodzimierz MAKSYMCZUK, and with two young grandsons.
Record of their entry into Australia is in Camberra, Australia: Control symbol 1249-1253; Series A12020; Barcode 5162735.
Julia was 74 years old when she arrived in Australia as a displaced person. She lived another nine years. She was diabetic, and at some time in the last nine years of her life, both of her legs were amputated because of gangrene.
She died in the city of Geelong, in Grant County, in the Australian state of Victoria.
She was the mother of Nadia (1898-1944), Antoni (1900-1902), Ivan (b. 1902), Joseph (Iosif, b. 1904), Sanislav (1908-1990), Kazimir (1909-1911), Roman (b. 1911), Maria (1914-1999), and Olga (1915-1972).
May God have mercy on her soul, and may her life be remembered.
In loving memory of
Maria Veronica Maksymczuk
2.1.1914 - 10.1.1999
Mother of Joseph & Czeslaw.
Julia Veronica Urbanowicz
1.8.1877 - 12.2.1958
Beloved mother of Marie,
Grandmother of Joseph & Czeslaw.
In God's Care