Felix Feliks Podlewski

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Felix Feliks Podlewski

Łódzkie, Poland
Death Jun 1945 (aged 40)
Pinsk, Bresckaja, Belarus
Burial Pinsk, Bresckaja, Belarus
Memorial ID 38452809 View Source
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Officer in the Polish Navy, WW II

Felix was born in Piaski-Wójcin, a village in central Poland. By 2014, Wójcin is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Parady, within Opoczno County, £ódz Voivodeship, in central Poland. It is about seven kilometres (4 miles) northwest of Paradyz, 19 km (12 miles) west of Opoczno, and 64 km (40 miles) southeast of the regional capital £ódz. Felix was Polish.

He was the son of Teodor [Theodore] PODLEWSKI and Katarzyna [Catherine] whose surname probably was WUJTASZ or WóJTASZ or WOJTASZ. Felix married Irena DOWLUD, and they had four sons: Eugeniusz [Eugene], Jerzy [George], Anatol [Anatoly], and Stanislaw. (Stanislaw became a Catholic priest.)

Felix was a carpenter before he entered military service in the Polish Navy. He settled in Pinsk because of his military service. He married in Pinsk, and his children were born in Pinsk, all while Pinsk was part of Poland.

Felix worked in the River Flotilla of the Polish Navy. The Riverine Flotilla, better known as the Pinsk Flotilla, was the inland branch of the Polish Navy. Between the Polish-Bolshevik War and World War II, the Flotilla operated on the Vistula River and in the area of the Pinsk Marshes (Dnieper–Bug Canal). The Flotilla fought against both German and Soviet forces during the invasion of Poland.

When World War II began, the city of Pinsk was part of the nation of Poland. By 1945, Soviet Russia controlled the city of Pinsk and the large swath of land from north to south. In effect, Poland's eastern border had been forced westward by several hundred miles.

That change in border meant that Felix was a Polish Naval officer behind enemy lines with his wife and four sons. Somehow, Felix got word to his wife to meet him secretly. The Soviet NKVD likely learned of the meeting; soon after the meeting, Felix was captured. About a month after the meeting, Felix's body was returned to his family home, in a coffin, with an order that the coffin not be opened. It is likely that Felix died of tuberculosis, as his wife had died soon after their final meeting.

His family and friends were too terrified of the NKVD to hold a normal funeral or to mark the grave site. The body was buried in the cemetery in an area of unmarked graves. His wife's brother Trofem and Trofem's wife buried Felix's body, as they also had buried Irena.

The local parish priest stepped in to help the four young orphan boys. The priest's housekeeper escorted them from Pinsk into Polish territory, and the boys were reared in an orphanage run by Catholic nuns in Gniezno, a city in central-western Poland, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Poznań.

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