Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
58Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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Hotel Ibis, Czestochowa
We never knew much about our father's life before he came to Australia shortly after the war. It was not a topic that was spoken of & unfortunately it wasn't a topic any of us children ever really thought to ask about.
My family history research only revealed a couple of years ago that our grandfather died as recently as the early 1980's. Until then I had assumed he was long dead & any other family members too.
Riding into town, our first stop was the church & cemetary. This was unfortunatley the most likely place to find any relatives. Research had revealed that no-one of our family name still resided in Rędziny.
It was exciting to find our grandparent's grave. Edward & Maria Lukas. Maria died during the war. Dad said she died in hospital & he thought it had something to do with the Nazis.
His father remarried & not surprisingly Dad says he didn't like his step mother.
Interestingly Edward was buried with his first wife Maria. Not sure if this is a convention among catholics or not.
We kept searching the cemetary in case there was any other family members to find. Amazingly I found the grave of an uncle, Josef, who died in 1969. He would have been Edward's brother.
And then we found Felicja's grave, dad's step mother. Like Edward, she was buried with someone else but the stone was too worn to be able to tell.
Having exhausted the cemetary, we then headed for the address that I had for Edward & Felicja at the time of their deaths
It sounded like a tough existence & from the look of the town today, not a lot has changed. A poor village on the edge of a city also doing it tough.