Stories old and new...

1896 (from written memories of my great grandfather Janusz Szweycer)

"Year 1896, was the year of Russian tsar coronation in Moscow. (...) All the students were promoted without exams and let free for holiday in May because of that coronation. There was left only 8 grade [gymnasium in Czestochowa], which were maturating, without one student who wasn't accessed (Swiderski, red-haired from Kozieglowy). (...). We were writing comprehension about "Lomonosov contributions for Russian literature" to improve our knowledge of Russian language even we were expecting to write about Pushkin, Gogol or Lermontov or other historical subject. I've received the best mark, as well as in Latin and mathematics. I wouldn't have had achieved this success (medal) if not help from inspector Alexiejewicz. The year before he has given help to Jan Tur (later professor of zoology in Warsaw) to receive second mark (silver medal). So this year, specially because of coronation and jubilee he wanted to be received even only one medal. Although at the last moment he had changed my degree from second to first mark from Greek language and I achieved the medal".

1937 ( - winning flight with access of my grandmother's brother - Władysław Stronczyński)

"(...) Happy dates are tighten up with dates between July 23 and September the 1st [1937]. That time IVth International Airplane Meeting took place in Zürich. Seven Polish teams had taken part in that competition. All of them were flying on RWD-13 planes. In airplane representing Warsaw Aeroclub (with SP-BFC as registration number) were: Eugeniusz Przysiecki, Miroslaw Maciejewski and Władysław Stronczyński [my grandmother's brother]. First competition that took place on July 23, was rally flight to Dübendorf. The way was prepared to give the best comparison between crossed borders and made landings to sum of flight kilometers. Good weather circumstances, avoiding back strong wind, were also taken to the result.

(...) The plane wheels reached airport near Zrich while landing on 17:08 pm. Przysiecki's team was 13th after flying over 1630 km. Aleksander Onoszko (No SP-BJN from Warsaw Aeroclub) was 18th, Kazimierz Kaczmarczyk (No SP-BFT, Pomerania Aeroclub) was 23, Andrzej Chramiec (Aeroclub of Polish Rep.) was 36. Frenchman Clement was the winner, flying on small plane "Taupin", who had flight only 750 km, passed only one border and achieved terrific speed of cross country flight... 68,1 km/h! Well, this is what happens when complicated formulas to calculate number of points become more important than pilots' and engineers' efforts', what finally gives advantage to certain types of planes...

Sport and Touristic Airplanes Competition was being held the next day. (...) There were many aspects that were judged, f.e. plane equipment, folding wings, starting up the engine, starting and landing and also speed of rising. (...) In that trial pilot had to rise up from 500 m up to 2500 m. Przysiecki was smart and inventive in that competition. He knew that Dübendorf airport is situated 499 meters above sea level, so just after starting he kept the machine just above the ground and had risen in the best possible moment. Thankfully to that technique he has lost only two points to leading pilot Fretz from Switzerland.

After these struggles, the most important competition was started - roundabout flight. (...) The time was specially calculated, so the winner of that competition was winning the whole Meeting. Teams received the map with shown route just two and half hours before starting. First to start was plane No SP-BFC leaded by Eugeniusz Przysiecki. (...) At the end of the stage Przysiecki was just three minutes before Fretz. (...) Finally, after 3 hours and 32 minutes of flight, plane No SP-BFC was the first to pass the winning-post and won in Dübendorf. Fretz's plane came 41 seconds later.".

1953 rok (That year my grandfather Stanislaw Merklinger has sworn that oath)


"I, citizen of Polish People's Republic, standing in array of Polish Army, I swear to Polish Nation to be honest, orderly, brave and vigilant soldier, to execute all commands of authorities and statutory regulations, to keep safe army and state secrets, not to tarnish the honor and dignity of Polish soldier.

I swear to serve my Homeland, to defend working people's rights signed in the Constitution, to stand inflexibly as a guard of authorities [people's authorities], to stay loyal to Government of Polish People's Republic.

I swear to guard steadfastly freedom, independence and Polish [People's Republic] borders against attempts of imperialism, to stand as a guard of peace in covenant brotherhood with Soviet Army and other allied armies, and in case of need not to save blood and life to bravely fight in defending Homeland, for holy independence, freedom and people's happiness.

If I had broke this duty of loyalty for my Homeland, rigid hand of people's justice should attain me immediately.".

2007 rok (from book "Glosses to life", written by Marta Wyka - my father's cousin, p. 60-61).

"Wyka's tree.

The family was much branched. Marta Czerwieniec, the [great] granddaughter of Wojciech and Maria, was trying to reconstruct this tree. But the memory of its branches is dead between us and only some small limbs just stimulate our imagination. (...).

We can only catch some little sights of memory, which tell more about the family. The piano for example - that black Bechstein from 1898, that was bought in Warsaw by Wojciech Wyka for his daughter; it was brought to Krzeszowice on rack wagon. The family was such flaired in artistic subjects! My father's mother had written beautiful, literary letters even she wasn't educated. Her daughter was supposed to be an artist. Her sons didn't have any practical occupations. Kazimierz - scholar and writer, Zygmunt - architect, sending long letters from England [where he stood after Second World War]. Granddaughters, Kazimierz's daughters are also close to art (...)".

Translation was being made subjectively by author - Marta Czerwieniec.


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