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A glance into the past and the present
In accordance with J. Zawadzki - the author of "1000 Most Popular Family Names in
Poland", the name "Mazurkiewicz" takes the 192nd position in the list.
The Mazurkiewicz family form fairly large family, since the number of people with this
name in Poland is, according to the author, nearly 17 thousand persons.
Our family, with the genealogy we know reaching back to the early 19th
century, has its roots in Pomerania. At the turn of the 19th and the 20th centuries, that is
during the partitions, some of The Mazurkiewicz family members headed towards
Germany to look for better living standards. My grandparents Józef and Anna née
Włoch, are a good example here. They were born in Pomerania and solemnised their
marriage in Berlin in1909. That was the birth place of my father Paweł.
As far as my memory goes back to the past, looking into the family records and
glancing at the present, I can state that the advantageous aspects of the Mazurkiewiczs
character definitely take over the imperfections we have never been freed from.
Therefore, I know that diligence, conscientiousness and reliability have been the family
s riches. Material goods, although welcomed, have never been the ultimate dream and
assumingly in consequence of the above, were never granted to us in excess. I placed an
extensive family history information in the genealogy tab.
Our bio in short
I, Wiktor, citizen of Bydgoszcz by birth and my wife Bożenna, née Truszkowska,
inhabitant of Elbląg since her childhood, met for the first time in our lives on May 3,
1963 during the 4th National Student Rally of Warmia and Masuria, on the route between
Kętrzyn and Mrągowo, which was held between May 2 and 5, 1963. At that time,
Bożenka was a 1st year student at the Faculty of Fisheries in the Tertiary College of
Agriculture in Olsztyn, while I was the 1st year student at the Faculty of Land Surveying
in the same College.
Our first meeting and initial love, common concerns of student life, graduation,
marriage. Actually, it looks like a pretty general stereotype, yet our further life was
invaded by Bożenka s incurable disease called multiple sclerosis, thus changing it into an
unusual one. It does not mean our life has been exceptional, though. More about it in the
Multiple Sclerosis tab.
Answer to the question
of life s meaning, does not
belong to the easy ones.
I d have to give the complexity
of this problem a profound
thought one day.
Today, or rather for several years
now, my answer has been simple:
- it is my incurably ill wife that I
obtain my life s meaning from.
Woman of my life - the only, the dearest,
the best-loved More Than Everythingness
Bożenna of the Truszkowscy Family
and my wife for more than 45 years.
During our summer hikes in the south
Poland, Bożenka had to stop every
several dozens of meters and take some
rest. She preferred to move about next
to a second person. These were the
beginnings of Multiple Sclerosis at that
She has never complained about the fact
she is suffering form MS. Her inborn
modesty and humility. Today I m the
one who is shouting about her calamity
and about her extraordinary anguish.
/picture taken in Duszniki in 1978/
M a z u r k i e w i c z
Bożenna and Wiktor
Bory Tucholskie Shortly on MS
Summer holidays Bożenka s tragedy as we know it
Last update 15.11..2015
Last update 7.07.2019
"Between us and heaven and hell
there is only life."
"Man is made to search for truth,
not to possess it."
"Man is but a reed, the weakest thing
in nature; but he is a thinking reed."
My Bożusieńka and I in 1967
Then, on the top of the world.
The picture was taken by
my brother Edward
at the entrance to my family
home in Bydgoszcz,
where I was born.
Blaise Pascal' s thoughts