Nanty-Glo Journal News
Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society
NOVEMBER 30, 1950
Displaced Person Joins His Relatives Here
Lekawa and his wife look sadly at the son of his sister, Stanley Pach, as they
listen to his accounts of life under the Nazis and Communists. Stanley shows joy
about his present company. Shown left to right; Mr. Lekawa, Mr. Stanley Pach and
For the first time in
four years, Stanley (Stanislaw) Pach, 33 year old refugee from Poland, can move
about without fear. He arrived in Nanty-Glo Sunday morning to begin life anew
with his uncle, Henry Lekawa and family of First St. His arrival in the United
States, as a displaced person, ended a flight from his native Poland, throughout
Germany, begun in 1946 when Communists marched into the already downtrodden country
to create even more havoc and suffering than under the Nazis. When under the hands
of the Germans, he had watched thousands of his fellow countrymen go to their
deaths by being led into gigantic gas chambers. His relatives spent two to four
years in concentration camps.
Co-owner of a wholesale and retail
grocery concern in Tarnow Bystrsycol, Poland, which was worth over a half million
dollars in Polish money, Pach was forced to hide out and finally flee to Germany,
after threats had been made on his life. His escape followed the usual movie plot,
as he climbed out a back window of his home, into neighboring houses, and then
out of the country.
He could not correspond directly with his
family - his mother, four brothers and a sister - while he stayed in Germany,
and could only receive word about their welfare through friends of friends. Letters
to Mr. Lekawa were re-sent to his mother after names of towns were erased from
the messages. While in Germany, Stanley became manager of a PX for the American
Army at Rhedor-Westf, receiving a high recommendation from the commanding officer
before leaving for the States. He was proclaimed an active member of the under-ground
forces, supporting and hiding members of the Polish Army.
obtaining a number of necessary statements, concerning his political past, his
character, monetary worth, etc., he boarded the General CC Ballov at Bremen Hafen,
a German port, on Nov. 14 and landed in New York City on Nov. 25. The Polish refugee
still marvels that he was able to arrive in Nanty-Glo from Johnstown without speaking
any English and only carrying a note with the Lekawa name on it. (His train was
11 hours late so the Lekawas were compelled to drive to Johnstown every few hours
to inquire about the train's arrival.) He boarded the Nanty-Glo bus and alighted
at Morgan's at Mundy's Corner. Mrs. Morgan then helpfully called Mrs. Lekawa who
arranged taxi service into town.
Stanley, who can serve as a
model for old-world gallantry and courtesy, reports that the attire of men and
women in Europe differs slightly from American clothing. The pictures of women
wearing long skirts and shawls, as held by many United States citizens, is wholly
wrong. American homes, he says have convenience which are termed luxuries in the
war-stricken countries in Europe. The most striking difference between the two
continents is the Americans' habit of speaking up about their government, etc.,
in comparison to the Europeans' forced close-mouthness.
he can talk Polish and German fluently, Stanley can understand little English
and speaks a few words.
Stanley's reaction about life in America?
"I can only say that I'm thankful that I can live freely, as its like beginning
to live all over again."
SEPTEMBER 21, 1950
of Half-Dozen Beautiful B.T.H.S. Cheer Leaders...
in their new uniforms, with Jackets borrowed from the boys, the Blacklick
Twp. Cheerleaders pose after cheering the football squad to a victory
Friday afternoon. The lovely lasses (left to right) Dolores Ricciardella,
Sylvia Malek,, Lillian Cocho, Pauline Mehalko, Theda Frampton and Elsie Turnbull,
were elected by their classmates to lead the cheering section in the coming year's
sports events. Miss Patricia Kilduff serves as their adviser.
The pert Eton hat perched on the girls heads is the work of last year's related
arts class, taught by Mrs. Mary Blackman of the Home Ec department.