Apolonia Starzec with her husband Adolf and son Wlodek on vacation

Apolonia Starzec with her husband Adolf and son Wlodek on vacation
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is me with my husband, Adolf Starzec, and our son, Wlodek, during a vacation in the 1950s. My husband, Adolf Starzec, isn't Jewish. He grew up in the country, in tough conditions. The parents scrimped and saved to educate their children, to pay for their studies. He was the youngest one, brought up by his aunt. An aunt with ten children. He came from the Cracow region, from a village near Tarnow, called Zukowice Stare. He was a good student, it was planned he would become a priest. But he changed his mind. He completed a high school in Tarnow, where he lived in lodgings, and then went to university in Cracow. Tarnow is like Cracow in miniature. Beautiful architecture. It's the student period we know each other from. From the socialist movement. He thought it was it for him. He was also active on peasant organizations. Had contacts with Witos, he was many years my elder. He did manage to complete his studies. He defended himself beautifully during the trial, got six years. Released eventually, he worked as a simple construction worker, carried bricks. And when the war broke out, all the court files, of course, fell into the Gestapo's hands. He fled to Russia. He was there all the time. And only after his return we did get to know each other again. And we got married. He was a man who sincerely fought for freedom and truth and who believed that was the right way. A very noble man. He lived in Cracow for some time after the war. Our little son had already been born. I remember how I traveled to Cracow with the baby boy in a wrap, he didn't walk yet. We hiked a lot in the mountains with my husband. We didn't ski but hiked and that's how we spent any leisure time we had. My elder son, Wlodek, was born in 1947.

Interview details

Interviewee: Apolonia Starzec
Interviewer:
Marta Cobel-Tokarska
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2006
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Apolonia Starzec
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Sosnowiec
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Dzioblowska
    Year of changing: 
    1944
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Bugajska
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality
    Decade of changing: 
    1940s

Other Person

Adolf Starzec
Year of birth:
1909
City of birth:
Zukowice
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1997
City of death:
Warsaw
Country of death:
Poland
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Officer in Polish Army

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