This region and its people was ravaged by the comings and goings of both Stalin and Hitler. I recently read an exc book called "Bloodlands" by Timothy Snyder.If you are interested in WW2 history in Eastern Europe, this is an exc read.There is a chapter devoted to Belarus and it is an especially painful read.
During the war many villagers were taken by the Germans as Ostarbeiter (forced laborers) to Germany. If you have dobs and full names you could do a search thru BAD AROLSEN ARCHIVES in Germany. Stalin too did his bit and sententire families to Khazakstan and Siberia. There is a Stalin List of Terrorism,leaked out of Moscow Archives, that lists the manyarrested and sentenced to hard labor . I will look to see ifany Lipovich are listed there.This will have to wait for a week or so, because I have a very busy week coming up.
Post WW2 the Soviets enforcedmail censorship and when mail arrived from the west, it was smarter to stay away from any such spotlight, so mostmail was left unanswered. In most cases it was in the very early 50's that contact was severed.The emigrant family members assumed their families were dead, and stopped writing.
You mentioned a relative in Malech???Did that person make a personal inquiry w/the village mayor in Zhychin re Elena's family?Maybe there is still an elder in the village who might have somememory of where families were being sent?
In the last 20 yrs many villagers have migrated to the larger cities for economicreasons. I checked Brest and found no Lipovich there.I will look inKobrin and Minsk.One never knows.