Halina’s background I
My family has a very long history. We have always been Polish, there are documents proving this.
I can say that Polish history talks about my family, or another way around.
My father’s side comes from East Europe, today’s Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and the first signs of Ostankowicz we locate in XV century. My ancestors got knighted after the Grunwald Battle in 1410.
“The Partitions of Poland or Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – three partitions which took place in the second half of the 18th century and ended the existence of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (Polish: Rzeczpospolita Polska; Lithuanian: Abiejų Tautų Respublika), resulting in the elimination of sovereign Poland for 123 years. The partitions were perpetrated by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and Habsburg Austria, which divided up the Commonwealth lands among themselves progressively in the process of territorial seizures.” From Wikipedia*
We lost everything because of participations in The November Uprising (1830–31) and The January Uprising (1863- 65).
Polish people lived mostly in the occupied homeland. My grandfather was taken to Russian army; he was in Tsar’s Legions. My grandmother went to Smolny Institute for Noble Girls. They were Polish living under Tsar’s regime. They had four children. My father was born in Manchuria.
Antoni Ostankowicz – my grandfather – died from pneumonia and my grandmother after few years married the Judge Kijewski. They lived in Torun in Poland.
My father Leopold Ostankowicz and his brother Czeslaw were sent to Nobles’ Academy of the Corps of Cadets in Modlin, Poland at the age of 13 and 15.
Poland gained independence in 1918 and my father was graduated from Warsaw University Faculty of Veterinary and became a doctor. My uncle Czeslaw Ostankowicz became a poet and a writer.
In 1939 World War II opened with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939.
On September 17th invasion of the Soviet Union made it not possible for Polish to win the fighting.