This is story published a few years ago on the old version of our website. Together with Mary Bier Wilson we decided that it is important for the interview with her grandfather to be published here for even more people to have chance to read it. A few years ago Mary, her late husband John and one of our guides Zen had chance to visit “Sukoluff” Austria, which is actually Sokołów Małopolski and Trzeboś, and step the same ground he once was stepping every day before leaving for his long journey.
We hope that it can also inspire some of your to interview your parents and grandparents as long as they are still among us. You can always wait with your research, but you shouldn’t wait with talking with your ancestors about their life…
The interview, which follows, was taped on a reel-to-reel tape by an older first cousin of mine who had lived with our grandfather for a number of years after our grandmother died in 1937. The interview was conducted in about 1956 when Grandpa was 86 and I did not know this tape existed until about 10 years ago, which was about 10 years after I began doing my family’s research.
Thankfully, my cousin had the foresight to do this interview long before most of us had been encouraged to do so by the genesis in the popularity of genealogy research that I think is due to the advent of the home computer and wonderful software programs that are easy for almost anyone to manage.
My cousin finally was able to make a cassette of the tape and, happily, shared it with me and I then transcribed it and gave it to ALL our cousins. I knew none of the information it contained other than Grandpa saying he was born in “Sukoluff” Austria. I knew Grandpa but did not have the opportunity to see him often nor was I interested in that “stuff” at the time.
Let me just say, it answered a great many questions but it also posed many new ones whose answers I am still seeking.