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 siblings. Their parents were working hard to provide for the family. They moved to Jastrzębik from Zaorzyn in 1949, when World War II was over. It was still hard to survive, but the family members were supporting each other. Children were playing with neighbors’ children, sharing food, and helping each other. Despite the difficult times, Genowefa has warm memories of her childhood and youth. As a teenager, she moved to Krynica-Zdrój to live with her aunt. There she was attending gastronomy school and later started working. She got married in Krynica-Zdrój, and she still lives there.
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.