Narcyz Baszyński
Born in the village of Yablonne (Zhytomyrshchyna, Ukrainian SSR) on 1 June 1921. His parents had a farm. In 1932, Narcyz Baszyński’s father was arrested and executed by firing squad because of his refusal to join the kolkhoz. Narcyz Baszyński, his mother, grandmother and siblings were exiled to Karelia as a family of an “enemy of the people”. Narcyz Baszyński’s younger sister died during transport and his grandmother soon after their arrival there. His mother and younger brother managed to run away from exile and get to Ukraine after a short time. Narcyz Baszyński made an attempt to run away only after a few months. He boarded a ship illegally and reached Leningrad, where he got on a train to Ukraine. After his arrival in Zhytomyr he stayed with his aunt, and then he was at an orphanage. He finished primary school for adults, and then secondary school. Before the outbreak of the Soviet-German War he started learning at the Pedagogical Institute in Zhytomyr. During the occupation he joined the guerrillas; he fought in Zhytomyrshchyna, Volhynia, and Ternopilshchyna, where he took part in struggles against the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Because of the wounds sustained during the guerrilla fighting he was not admitted to the 1st Polish Army. Between 1944 and 1946 he worked at the kolkhoz in the village of Martynovka. In 1946, he returned to the Pedagogical Institute and graduated in history and law. He worked as a teacher, headmaster, and education inspector in different villages in Zhytomyrshchyna. In 1971, he retired and moved to Zhytomyr, where he lives now.