My Grandma was born in Poland in 1927, when she was 11 almost 12 the Russians and Germans came to were she lived and threatened her, her family and the rest of the polish people at gunpoint to go with them, they were all stuck in the back of an old train with Rats and so forth and had no food or Water and when people died from starvation and exhaustion they were chucked there bodies out of the train and they were left at the side of the track. Somehow all her family including her parents and siblings survived and ended up in Russia and sent to manual work, eventually they made there way to Africa on a boat were the family got separated from her Mother who was ill, they looked everywhere on the boat for her Mother and were told a woman who matched her description died and was thrown into the sea, to this day she assumes this was her Mother but doesn’t know for sure as she never saw her again and there were no records in those days.
In Africa they lived in terrible conditions and my Grandma almost died of starvation and her little brother did die of starvation aged 7 and she and the rest of her family had to carry his body and dig his grave and bury him. Also another brother went out looking for food and was captured by the Germans and she never saw him again, years later he got in contact with my Grandma’s sister and they were all about to be reunited but just before the reunion was about to happen he dropped dead of a heart attack. Her Dad also died of a heart attack just before her 16th Birthday and she and her Sister were all that was left of the family. When her Dad died my Grandma collapsed and spent 2 weeks in Hospital and she was told she had a weak heart, which she keeps telling us about, though at almost 95 it can’t be that weak, though she did have a heart attack in 1999 which almost killed her.
As well as this she has had severe Pneumonia 3 times but survived, had a minor Stroke in the 1980’s, fallen down the stairs and cracked her head when she was nursing my Grandad who was in the last stages of cancer back in 1985. Also she had a choking incident about 4 years ago when some food went down the wrong way and she passed out and was turning blue, we thought she was dead but she suddenly came back seemingly from the dead and by the time the ambulance came she was washing up despite us telling her to stop, the paramedics said they could tell something had happened when they checked her over due to how her heart was beating. She also nearly died when she was 4 years old as one of her brothers chopped part of her finger of and she nearly bled to death. Also involved in a crash on a Bus when going down town to do some shopping and was badly hurt. All of her brothers and sisters as well as her parents were dead by there mid 50’s at the latest but at almost 95 she is still going.