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The 50th Anniversary of the Flight From Selz on the Dnyestr

Zum 50. Jahrestag der Flucht aus Selz am Dnjester

Jundt, Raphael. "The 50th Anniversary of the Flight From Selz on the Dnyestr." Volk auf dem Weg, April 1994, 5-7.

Translation from the original German to American English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado


The sun was beaming across the hills and down on Selz, but it was not a day like any other. Even the sun seemed to have tears in its eyes, just as the people did, who on March 25, 1944 were being forced to leave their beloved home village of Selz near Odessa.

The first objective was to get the horses and the wagons they were pulling to Ovidiopol. We passed the village Gredenzia and then Treuiza, where we stopped for the night. The second day saw us reach Bilyaevka and on March 27 we arrived, via Mayaki in the village of Franzfeld. For the moment, there was no way to keep going since the roads were completely soft from steady rains -- everything was dirt and mud. Not until April 5 die we finally move on, ordered to pass via Mayaki to the ferry crossing on the Dnyestr River. A portion of the Selz people managed to cross on April 6 and continued westward from there. They were lucky, because during the night of April 6 to April 7 the ferry was shot at by partisan sympathizers to the Red Army. Consequently, several people from the Selz trek had to stay behind on the East side of the river, they were promptly arrested by NKVD agents and, designated as prisoners of war, taken by rail to Razdelnaya, and transported from there to Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Vorkuta and other places in Siberia.

Selz during evacuation, on March 25, 1944

Those Selz residents who had succeeded in fleeing across the river continued on through Bessarabia, Romania. Hungary to Poland (Warthegau area) and, a few months later, onward again to Potsdam, Brandenburg, and Westhavelland. However, many of them, too, would soon fall into the hands of the NKVD, be transported in cattle cars back to Russia, and in this manner once again being able to meet up with other former Selz people, but this time ti was in prisons and work camps in Siberia, Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.

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