Kazimierz Korniecki
Class 4
Wisznice, Włodawa district
19 June 1946

My wartime experiences

We were in German slavery for five years, and on 23 June 1944 the freedom fighters from the East came to our rescue. At 4 p.m. a battle commenced, and it ended at 6 in the evening. We were sitting in the trench at the time. We heard the projectiles flying in the air above us – [projectiles] fired by the cannons set up in our orchard. I was afraid, because I saw a burning house and heard grenades exploding. I thought the Germans wanted to burn the entire village down, but I had it all mixed up – the Germans had left a landmine, and then one of their cars drove over it. The house caught on fire during the explosion. The next day, we saw two Soviet soldiers – they were followed by [other] Soviets, and then by even more Soviets.