Poland to Michigan

"My father was born on a farm in Poland in a little village near Bilgoraj. He left Poland in the mid 1930's and settled in Lapeer, Michigan after he married my mother. When Nazi Germany invaded in September 1939, my father's three older brothers were taken from their families to spend the war years isolated from their loved ones on a forced labor farm in Germany. The families they left behind were forced to live in poverty. The brothers were fortunate the German owner of the farm was a humane individual and they had food to eat.  Many Poles were not as fortunate and millions of Polish people died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II."



Elaine Chapman