My grandfather was born in 1939 in Delmenhorst. Two years later, his father, a public servant, was transferred to Orlová (in those days: Orlau), the very west of today’s Czech Republic. In 1945 the family had to flee in the direction of Germany. In the following interview, my grandfather tells about his childhood in Orlová and about his memories concerning the family’s escape back to Delmenhorst.
Interview with my aunt – Czesława Poprawska, born in 1928, lived in Kościan (town in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, between Poznań and Leszno), she tells me primarily about villages nearby Kościan. She survive World War II nearby her family home. Her father was exiled to compulsory work towards the west of Germany, after the war he came back. Her mother and grandmother worked for Germans. My aunt did it too, when she was in appropriate age. After the war ended she took up a job at the tailor’s.
Genowefa Ruman was born in Jastrzębik in 1949. She had eight of siblings. Their parents were working hard to provide for family. After the Second World War was finished, they moved with their children from Zagorzyn to Jastrzębik. It was still hard to survive, but family was supporting each other. Children were playing with neighbours’s children, share food with them and help each other. Despite difficult times, Genowefa has kind reminiscences of her childhood and youth. As a teenager she moved to Krynica-Zdrój, where she was living with her aunt. There she was attending gastronomic school, and then working. She got married in Krynica-Zdrój and started a family there – she lives there till today.