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.
When Maria was only a few weeks old, the cruel and inhuman World War II was already raging. Her first years of childhood are marked by nearly losing her brother in a bombing attack on Bielefeld and Enger, the absence of her father, who was criticizing World War II and the Nazi’s attitudes towards Jews, and her mother, who got sick (cardiac asthma) and distant because of World War II and its consequences.
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.
Unfortunately, my family has never been interested in family history before. The project offered me a great opportunity to make a difference. I decided to record an interview with my grandmother because ever since I was little, I remember her telling about her father and his participation in the war.