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My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 6. Lithuania for the first time.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

We arrived at Hotel Hancza in Suwalki for a one night stay on Friday. After checking in we had a great dinner which included soup, salad, choice of entrees and beverage. Great food at a bargain price of 5 zlotys.

Today we were driving to Wizajny to begin the search for my Grandmother Murwaska living relatives. I knew a little about the Murwaski side of the family from letters I had translated by a Polish guy who was working at a University in Columbus, Ohio. At this time there were 3 living relatives who were children when the letters were written. I did not expect for them to be alive but was hoping I would meet cousins.

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My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 5 – Treblinka Concentration Camp.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

After breakfast at Hotel Relax we were on the road to Treblinka. Treblinka was a penal labor and extermination camp formed in 1941 near existing gravel pit. The grounds covered 17 hectares. In the beginning there were mostly Polish and the Jewish people mainly from Warsaw sent there.

Treblinka

Treblinka

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My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 4.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

We spent a second night at the meat packing place B&B. I forgot to mention the owner upgraded me from a basic room to the honeymoon suite since it had its own bathroom with shower.

The honeymoon suite

The honeymoon suite

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My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 3.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Bed & Breakfast in Brzezno is also a small meat factory. For breakfast we had fresh ham and bacon, croquettes with cabbage and mushrooms, tomato and cucumber salad.

Kielbasa in the small meat factory in Brzezno.

Kielbasa in the small meat factory in Brzezno.

Then we were off to Ostroleka for Halina, wife of Tadeusz. Halina was daughter-in-law of Marianna Kruk who wrote letters on behalf of her. Halina during her 20s would write letters for Marianna, who was illiterate.

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My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 2.

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Tuesday began with breakfast at “Windmill place” consisting of scrambled eggs with kielbasa, meat and cheeses, bread, tomatoes and cucumbers. After breakfast we were off to Brzeźno-Kolonia to pickup Mariola to visit her mother Halina Walczak in Wyszkow. We made a quick stop in Goworowo to drop off Mariolas son Wiktor at elementary school. Then we traveled about 40 minutes in a heavy rain to Wyszkow.

On arrival at Wyszkow we were greeted by Halina with hugs and kisses for Janina. Halina provided much information of recent family with stories. We were able to develop the family tree with dozens of cousins. Halina’s daughter Agata arrived with her daughter. After brief visit we were off to lunch in one of Wyszkow restaurants.

Mariola, myself and Halina

Mariola, myself and Halina

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My new name is Janina Kruk

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

I left on September 12th from Columbus, Ohio to JFK to Warsaw Poland. Flight from Columbus to JFK was cancelled due to weather. Rebook on a later flight from Columbus to LA to London to Warsaw. Flight cancelled because of bird flew into the engine. Caught fire and flight cancelled. Needless to say, I went home to Columbus my first night of travel. On Friday September 13 I departed Columbus Ohio to Chicago arriving in Warsaw at 8.30 AM.

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