It is not unreasonable to think that some of the family returned to ancestral village. Have you tried writing village administrator? If none of the fmaily has returned is it possible someone in the village has been in touch w/surviving family in Urals? Using Ukrainian or Russian for correspondence is ideal. Address w/latest zip code follows.
Holovi Silskoji Rady
DP's (Displaced People) had to fill out detail questionaires when immigrating to USA.
Those records are invaluable for researching DP's German experience and providing
personal vital info, like name of parents, mother's maiden name etc.
<The Einwanderungszentrale of Nazi Germany had the complete vital statistics of every foreigner entering into Germany (name, age, place of original, date of entry and two photos (full face and profile). Using these files, the UNNRA and IRO (replacement organization for the UNNRA) categorized, provided medical exams, X-rays, TB and VD, mental and educational exams to determine who was eligible for immigration to the US and distant ports. (Genealogist should get freedom of information form G639 from the Immigration & Nationalization Services for their records.) The INS will tell you what camps your Grandfather were in.>
above excerpt from
Displaced Persons (DP) Camp Table of Contents_http://www.dpcamps.org/dpcamps/index.html
You will need a copy of his death certificate in order to obtain the privacy release for his documents. If family doesn't have a copy, it is easy enough to get one. Where did he die?
Death Certificate - How and where to obtain a copy in the U.S.http://www.vitalrec.com/death.html