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re: 12th Lithuanian Police Auxiliary Batallion

Emzed — I don’t think I can tell you anything you want to hear. The 12th Battalion were among the worst. If your grandfather was involved with them, then he at least watched things happening that no civilised person should see.
If you want more information, check out some articles on the Telegraph site ( Search for Antonas Gecas, aka Gecevicius. He was the commander of Platoon 3 of the 2nd Company of the 12th Battalion. They were all volunteers.
The Kurapaty Forest was nothing to do with them. In a way, your grandfather was right. More people were killed in Kurapaty than by the Nazis, if you want to judge these things by numbers. Sorry.

What is Marek Lange’s secret?

This is what I know:
Marek Lange.
Born: 1923.
Place of birth: Litva, Poland. (NB no record ‘Litva’. Search Russian archives?)
Father: Stanislau Lange
Mother: Kristina Lange.
Arrived in UK 1943. Joined Polish Free Forces. (What was Lange doing between 1940-1943? How did he survive the Nazi occupation?)
Marital history: married 1955, divorced, 1961. Ex-wife died, 1963
Children: Katya Lange, born 1959

Any info on KURAPATY FOREST or COLLABORATORS in Eastern Europe during the Nazi Occupation gratefully received…