On this page, we describe a DRK tracing service family reunion, using the Schmidt family as an example. The names have been changed for data protection reasons.
|Odessa and its environs||Family Schmidt lived in Freudental, a typical German village in southern Ukraine. The parents had 7 children born between 1912 and 1931.|
Relocation in the Warthegau
In 1944, they had to leave their home under the supervision of the German Wehrmacht and arrived in Warthegau.
|1In 1945, the family fled to Saxony. The mother and six children were captured by the Soviet authorities and were separated and sent to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Siberia, where they were placed in camps.|
Hermann managed to escape and stayed in the Federal Republic of Germany. He tried to trace four of his brothers and sisters in the 1950s and 1960s but could not find all of them.
At the beginning of the 1970s, he tried, without success, to bring three of his siblings to Germany.
Two actually managed to come at the end of the 1980s, one brother died in Kazakhstan.
Two other siblings came to the families of their partners in Germany.
In 2000, the five siblings that lived in Germany were being looked for by a brother in Kyrgyzstan. After more than 50 years, the DRK tracing service was able to help the siblings that were still alive get in contact with each other.
Resumes of the family members
|The parents Wilhelm and Elisabeth||Children|
Schmidt, Elisabeth, neé Kernig,* 2.1.1894
The DRK tracing service knows nothing about Wilhelm. In 1944, Elisabeth sets off toward Warthegau with the children, some of whom are already married. Naturalised in Kalisch.
Elisabeth dies in the 1960s, the DRK tracing service does not know the exact date.
Cäcilia , *1912
Poof, Zezilina, neé Schmidt, *17.2.1912 in Freudental/Ukraine as Cäcilia
Poof, Willi, *3.5.1938
Kogel, Amalia, neé Schmidt, *17.3.1916 in Freudental/Ukraine
Wetzel, Nelli, *25.4.1941, entry 1974
Kogel, Ewald, *30.10.1942, entry 1980
Kogel, Gustav, *27.11.1944, entry 1980
Kogel, Viktor, *3.5.1949, entry 1980
Kogel, Waldemar, *9.12.1950, entry 1988
Heiter, Valentine, *18.9.1954, entry 1987
Kogel, Johann, *22.4.1956, entry 1988
Kogel, Georg, *5.3.1958, entry 1987
Schmidt, Hermann, *1.10.1919 in Freudental/Ukraine. Released from the POW camp after the war in 1945, demobbed and remained in FRG.
In the 1970s, he tried to help his siblings to emigrate and had success in helping his brother Oskar in 1980.
When he received news in 2000 that his brother Christian was looking for him, he could not believe it at first because he had assumed he had died long ago. The joy after the initial disbelief was great.
Schmidt, Johann, *1.10.1922 in Freudental/Ukraine
Schwarz, Klara, *6.3.1957
Schmidt, Christian, *1925 in Freudental/Ukraine
|Palenka, Natalia, wrote a letter from Kyrgyzstan in June 2000 searching for the brothers and sisters of her father.|
Schmidt, Johann, *29.5.1929 in Freudental/Ukraine
|Schmidt, Irma, *11.12.1952|
Peters, Anna, *18.3.1954
Schmidt, Peter, *22.10.1956
Schmidt, Viktor, *7.4.1958
Schmidt, Jakob, *5.1.1960
Schmidt, Wilhelm, *8.12.1961
Schmidt, Elena, *26.12.1963
Schmidt, Oskar, *10.2.1966
Schmidt, Eduard, *10.9.1968
Frese, Frida, neé Schmidt, *16.6.1931 in Freudental/Ukraine
|Heimann, Elsa, *19.9.1954|
Velker, Lidia, *1.10.1956
Frese, Aleksander, *11.7.1958
Frese, Waldemar, *15.3.1961, entry 1989
Baier, Erika, *19.6.1970, entry 1991