Memorial to Poles killed in the surrounding lands at the site of Holy Trinity Parish
For the second time the children of the Starzewski family had to live through a war. Both wars were the result of German aggressiveness and expansion. During the first attack the family did not see any military battles, because they were running ahead of the front. However, the second time a furious engagement between Russian and German forces took place in the village of Sielec. The fact that Starzewskis lived on the island surrounded by marshes, both of the combatants avoided it, thereby inhabitants of these islands were spared the actual battle.
The village of Sielec had also natural barriers. Russians, hoping to take advantage of them, put up resistance there. Since the resistance was hastily organized, because the army was on the run, the opposition had failed. It became obvious that German army conducted their battles with lightening speed and the village did not suffered damage as the conflict lasted only one day. Kostek, being curious as young boys would be, positioned himself on a high point on the island and observed the entire action. The very interesting point visible to him was the church's bell tower.
The Catholic Church was built on the highest point in the village and facing the wide river as well as marsh. The only access to the village, from attacking German army side, was a wooden bridge, which was quite visible from the church's tower. A single Russian soldier, with a machine gun, positioned himself in that tower and held up the whole German army until he ran out of ammunition. Good thing that he ran out of ammo or the church probably would have been demolished.
From the memoir of Konstanty Starzewski, inhabitant of Olindernia Island south of the river from Sielec.
I relocated the position slightly as the resolution of the satellite maps have improved greatly in recent months.
It is now possible to see the foundation and the shadow of the cross on the ground above it making it possible to position it exactly!
I am wondering if the white building to the east is the church? She shadow on the ground appears to show a steeple.
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Photo taken in Volodymyr-Volyns'kyi district, Volyns'ka oblast, Ukraine
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