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From Michigan to Poland – a short story about Mom and Son’s Genealogy Tour (part 2)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

 

We began the following day, Thursday, with a visit to a government office at the neighboring city Bielsko-Biała, to look at military records.  A remarkable thing that happened was in the process of requesting bundles of documents, an archivist came up from his area and talked to Zbigniew.  He had recognized Zbigniew’s name on the request slips and remembered that Z had helped him with personal genealogy work in the past.  Z said that he helps so many people that he did not remember this man, but was appreciative of his offer of help to us.  It turned out that the archivist did help us with some additional documents of our family records.

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From Michigan to Poland – a short story about Mom and Son’s Genealogy Tour (part 1)

Monday, July 30th, 2018

 

This past April, my son and I had the most wonderful experience with our tour planned by PolishOrigins.  I wanted to share some of the highlights of our trip since it was so much more than what I was expecting.

We decided early on to focus on the Kraków area and we later discovered that two branches of our family tree were from that general area. PolishOrigins helped us organize our trip into three parts: several days of touring the city, followed by several days of research and more touring in the countryside, and then finishing with a final day in Kraków. For the first part, PolishOrigins set us up with fantastic guides for tours of the Wieliczka salt mine, a city tour of Kraków, Wawel hill and castle, and a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

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Country Party in old good style!

Friday, March 24th, 2017

 

Since 2013 our guests participating in Galicia Tour are hosted by the Cultural Center in Strzyżów and “Kłosowianie” folk group. These country parties became the tours highlights! Watch some of the best moments from 2016.

 

 

More details about the tour: http://galicia.polishorigins.com

Enjoy!

 

Aga

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Trip of a Lifetime! Part 2.

Monday, March 20th, 2017

 

First thing next morning we are off to Tropie.  Zenon gets out of the car and just walks right up to who we assumed is a neighbor and starts asking him questions about the possible location of my family….try that one in the U.S.!  He gets back in the car and says, “your cousin lives across the street”  WHAT?!?

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Trip of a Lifetime! Part 1.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

 

For many years I have been trying to find my Polish relatives.  I knew they existed in the 1960’s because I remember sending clothing to “cousins”, however, I was young and did not know the value of family.  In the meantime, life got in the way and my search was hit and miss. When I retired and my search became an addiction.  The one bit of information I had was 3 letters to my babcia, from my swietny dziadek in the 1920’s.  He told of very sad stories about their life at the time and one story really touched our hearts; it was about his grandson, Josef. The letter told about how sick the child was and he wasn’t expected to live, mostly because they could not afford the medicine to make him well. We always wondered what had happened to this little boy.

At some point I talked my husband (of Irish descent) into going to Poland and had no idea what our adventure would bring.  Why would anyone go to Poland?

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My Travel in Poland With a Native Son

Monday, January 16th, 2017

When my cousin Andrzej e-mailed me and asked if I would like to accompany him to his goddaughter’s wedding in Poland, I accepted immediately. What could be better than traveling with a native son, who spoke the language and knew the relatives? I soon found out.

Ss. Simon and Jude Thaddeus Church, the 17th Century church in Dobra-Limanowa where my great grandparents were married in 1883.

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 13 – September 7, 2015.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Well today is my last full day in Poland and I’m already sad to go.  Despite the foreignness of the language, architecture, and customs, I feel very at home here.  Perhaps it is my knowledge of Poland’s history and my familiarity with some aspects of its culture like food that makes me feel at home so far away.  I had plans for dinner later just outside of the city center but that wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying one last run through Krakow.  There is still so much I hadn’t seen yet that I ran around and got a lot in on this last day.

In the morning, I started off with a walk through the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz including the Old Jewish Cemetery.  The wall of the cemetery is lined with fragments from the tombstones of Jews buried all over Krakow in cemeteries that were destroyed by the Germans.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery, Kazimierz, Krakow, Poland.

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 12 – September 6, 2015.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Traveling usually fills me with joy and wonderment.  I love exploring places and experiencing new things.  Today was a little different.  There would be no joy in today’s travel and I knew that last night.  Today, I went to Auschwitz.  Today was the day when I truly wondered how the words “human” and “humanity” could possibly be related.  The evil that took place here lingers and the criminality that took so much from so many continues to draw millions to this place, yet thankfully, their crimes only inflict grief and draw tears today.

 

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The famous gate at Auschwitz I that translates to “Work will set you free.”  Our guide said that he has never found an example of a prisoner who was ever set free due to their dedication to work at this camp.

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 11 – September 5, 2015.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Today I spent a great deal of the morning searching for a great gift for my niece Olivia. I had in mind a necklace made of amber for which Poland is so famous.

After shopping a bit in the Cloth Hall (see below), I went up to the Sukiennice Museum on the 2nd floor of the Cloth Hall which features great 18th Century Polish artists. A couple of my favorites are below although the images were difficult to take because flashes are not allowed.

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My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 10 – September 4, 2015.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Today was getaway day as we left Nowy Sacz for Krakow.  Before we checked into our hotel, however, we stopped by a museum I found online dedicated to the Polish AK in WWII.  AK stands for Armia Krajowa and it was the primary Polish armed resistance movement during World War II and the largest from any country in the entire war numbering approximately 400,000 members.

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Exterior of the AK Museum in Krakow.

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