From Klodno Wielkie to the British Navy

In 2009 we managed to reunite members of a Polish family split by the World War II. We found relatives of Mr S. Paliwoda from England and we visited a village in the Ukraine where his family used to live before the war. Father of Mr Paliwoda lived... Read more

The Lubomirski ball in Nowy Wisnicz

The castle entrance One of the most characteristic landmarks of Małopolska (The Little Poland ) is a beautifully set castle of Nowy Wiśnicz. The castle owes its glamour to the Lubomirski family – mighty magnates that shaped the Polish... Read more

The discreet charm of Krzepice

Częstochowa, a small city in central Poland, has one of  the longest lists of Jewish Holocaust survivors in Poland. Thanks to the activities of World Society of Czestochowa Jews, the story of its Judaic population is very well documented. But what... Read more

Country town Kolaczyce

The valley of Kolaczyce I went there to find out more about Maria Sękowska’s relatives. The story behind it is typical of Galicia and goes back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. A young woman at the time, Maria decided to cross the... Read more

Jewish Bedzin – a tragedy in three acts

Paula admiring restoration works at Mizrachi prayer house

Like many other Polish towns Będzin seems to be gazing nostalgically into the past. What used to be an important commercial centre in one of the largest industrial districts of the tsarist Russia is now an exceedingly run-down and unsightly witness... Read more

Looking for Jewish Jedrzejow

Jędrzejów, a town in Kielce region, is usually linked with the Cistercian abbey dating back to the XII century and the Clock Museum boasting one the richest collections in the world. It does not mean though that there was no Jewish population... Read more

Czestochowa off the beaten (pilgrim) track

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Photos from my last visit to Częstochowa. On the hot summer days we were tracing the family places of Jewish families of Epstein and Działoszyński that once lived there. Skyline of Częstochowa – dominated by churches and closed industrial... Read more