Category Archives: 2011 Poland Trip

Getting in touch with my Ruthenian/Ukrainian Roots

Yes, I have a great love of Poland. And yes, I consider myself Polish by nationality. But, I am also part Ruthenian/Ukrainian. And that is not so unusual. You see, Poland was a very welcoming and open country, and very … Continue reading

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Life in Faschivka–where our Cousins Live

In 2011 my cousin Alicja and I (along with her husband and son, Wojtek and Filip) visited the town that was home to my great-grandfather, Aleksandr Cymbał and my great-grandmother, Katarzyna Kucharska, before they emigrated to the US in the … Continue reading

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The Home of Jan Cymbał

Jan Cymbał is my great-great grandfather. He was born somewhere in the mid 1800’s in Tarnoruda in what was once Poland, but at that time was in the Austrian province of Galacia. At some time, he moved to the nearby … Continue reading

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Battle of Khotyn (Chocim): November 11, 1673

It was 340 years ago today that a significant battle was fought at the fortress of Chocim (today Khotyn in Ukraine) between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s forces led by hetman (miliary chief commander) Jan Sobieski and the Ottoman Empire forces let … Continue reading

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Wow, 3 Years Ago Today an Amazing Adventure Began….

Three years ago today I first set foot on Polish soil. It was the realization of a lifetime dream, and it began purely by accident. In March, my sister Mary sent me a flyer–a friend of hers was leading a … Continue reading

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Bloody Sunday, July 11, 1943

On Sunday, July 11, 1943, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), often with the help of local Ukrainians, surrounded and attacked 99 Polish villages in Volhynia, an area of what had been eastern Poland and is now modern-day Ukraine. On “Bloody … Continue reading

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Dzisziaj, jeden rok temu….

Today, one year ago…. I started and amazing three week adventure. It was on August 14th, 2011 that I left my home in Florida and flew to Chicago, then Warsaw, and finally to Gdansk, Poland, arriving there about noon on … Continue reading

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Tarnoruda – St. Stanislaus Church

Today I am writing about a place that has a very special place in my heart: St. Stanislaus Polish Roman Catholic Church in Tarnoruda, Ukraine, called Kościół p.w. św. Stanisława B. M. Tarnoruda is a small town in the Khmelnytskyi … Continue reading

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Zhovkva

Zhovkva (or Żółkiew in Polish) is a historically Polish town that is in western Ukraine, not far from the Polish border. We arrived in Zhovkva late in the afternoon and stayed overnight, planning on getting up very early in the … Continue reading

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Ciechocinek

I spent a wonderful evening, night, and morning in Ciechocinek when I was in Poland this past summer, and I have the pictures to prove it posted here: http://poland.leonkonieczny.com/Poland%202011/Ciechocinek/index.html. Ciechocinek is a small town of about 11,000 people, but is … Continue reading

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