wtorek, 25 stycznia 2011

My grandma's sisters and brothers

My great grandma Eleonora (the young lady from the first post) had six daughters and four sons. And it was the last generation with so many children in the family. And I have pictures of most of them, but unfortunately not all. So this time some portraits.
Emilia - she died when she was only 16, because of some complications caused by surgical operation, which are now nothing special to heal. Times change.
Lucyna - though I have never met her, I always felt like I know her - just because my aunt, her daughter looks exactly the same. And, as I have many pictures of her, she always looks, well, deeply sad? exhibiting careful thought?


Bronislawa, who died only three years ago as the last of all of them. For the family just aunt Bronka . Great woman.
Krystyna - one of only few pictures. I remember some visits to her when I was 4 - 7 years old. And I remember I liked her. When her husband died she moved with her daughter to a nearby town. She died in 1990.

Krystyna again (left), and the last sister - Irena. When Lucyna died, she left son and daughter (the aunt I mentioned above). The son was very young and Irena took care of him. She lived together with her mother, my great grandma Eleonora. She was a very warm person and when me and my sister were young we liked to spent time with her. Irena died in 1982.

My grandma had four bothers: Tomasz, Tadeusz, Józef and Czesław. I do not think I ever met any of them. So I knew all living sisters and no brother. Up till now I only found pictures  of Czeslaw, who was a monk and died in Auschwitz nazi camp during IIWW. One is his school picture and one is in a monk suit.


12 komentarzy:

Kristin pisze...

I think Lucyna looks like she is trying not to smile. I hope she wasn't deeply sad. It's sad about Emilia and horrible about Czeslaw.

I have found photographs of all of my great grandmother's daughters and have stories about them. I have a picture of one of the sons but not the other. and no real stories.

www.dakotaboo.com pisze...

Lovely pictures and a great insight into your family history.

Christine H. pisze...

Your family pictures are so full of expression and personality. I get the sense that you come from a very warm and loving family.

Karen S. pisze...

They were lucky to have each other, and isn't it funny how sisters and brothers are all different? No two really alike, and it's always neat to see in our own children how they are like aunts or uncles ....the way they look or talk or act...that's part of the genes in a family...we're all connected! Very nice family thanks!

Life Goes On pisze...

I am so glad I found you on Sepia Saturday. your pictures are so beautiful and some sad stories. The world can be so cruel at times.

Pat transplanted to MN pisze...

these are wonderful portraits...great tales go along with the pictures. I'd like to know more about how he became a monk.

Tattered and Lost pisze...

I was already getting a lump in my throat as I looked at all the sisters, but then the final shots and finding he died in Auschwitz just broke my heart. Very meaningful post.

Nana Jo pisze...

What a beautiful young man and how deeply sad that he lost his life in Auschwitz. It's so important that you can show his photograph and tell his story. Those who died in such a tragic way, must never be forgotten. It must have been a hidden sorrow for his sisters all their lives.

Nancy pisze...

These are beautiful photographs. I can see a family resemblance among the sisters and brother. I'm so sorry that Czeslaw died in Auschwitz. How is sisters must have mourned. Thanks for sharing these siblings with us.

Alan Burnett pisze...

Another wonderful bumper bundle of photographs and memories that gives such an insight into history.

Mel pisze...

Your photos are wonderful, very thought provoking. Lucyna looks very pensive to me, but not unhappy. Such a mix of happy photos and sad stories. I too have pictures without stories and stories without pictures. I wish I had them all. Thanks for sharing.

TICKLEBEAR pisze...

to have died in a camp is such an inhumane experience, but honoring his memory like this is a nice homage. destiny is a strange thing...
:/~
HUGZ