Biography of Antoni Odynski

Born into a peasant family in Kardonevka, Berdychiv district, Kiev province, in 1886. Completed the two-year railroad school; worked as a cabinetmaker’s assistant, and later as a machinist’s assistant in a depot in Koziatyn. In 1915 he moved to Voronezh where he became a machinist and was sent to work in Kursk, and then later in Roslavl. In 1917 he was called up for service in the army and sent to the Front in Galicia; worked at the depot in Tarnopol prior to the arrival of German forces. In 1918 he returned to Koziatyn, worked as a machinist at the depot; he was later transferred to Kiev. In 1922 he was under investigation for “smuggling in leaflets urging railroad workers to go on strike.” He became acquainted with Fr. Józef Żmigrodzki and became a parishioner of St. Nicholas Church; he often visited Fr. Józef, who baptized his son. January 31, 1931 – arrested in Kiev for “having suspicious meetings with Żmigrodzki, pastor of the church.” The workers at the depot gave the GPU agents a collective statement, in which they said that they knew Anton Pavlovich as “an honest worker” and that they had never noticed any anti-Soviet activity on his part. June 15, 1931 – sentenced under Articles 58-6 and 58-10 of the Criminal Code of the Ukrainian SSR to banishment from Kiev, and prohibited from living in Ukraine, the borderland regions, Moscow and Leningrad oblasts, northern Caucasus, Dagestan, and all the central districts of oblasts, kraes and autonomous republics for a period of three years [Special Troika, GPU Collegium, UkrSSR]. Left Kiev, worked on the Belomorsk-Baltic Canal. November 18-19, 1931 – at an open trial the sentence was “left in effect” [Special Troika, GPU Collegium, UkrSSR]. Fate thereafter unknown. Source: Sokolovskyi, pp. 146-147; Investigatory Matter 62587 fp, Archive TsGAOO (Ukraine)
Variant Names:
Odynski, Anton; Odynskiĭ, Anton Pavlovich
Kordonevka (Berdychivsʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine); Voronezh (Russia); Kursk (Russia); Ternopilʹ (Ukraine); Kiev (Ukraine)
male; laity; fate unknown