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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 genealogytab.
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 time. 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
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"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.