How I rediscovered my family story during Kraków’s lockdown
Like many Polish families, especially those from beyond the Polish heartland that straddles the Vistula, we are not really all that Polish at all – at least in our origins. We are not products of the soil, but of contingency – of events, of wars, of border changes, of decisions made by imperial bureaucracies, of migrations borne of persecution and economic opportunity. As Galicians – and now as Europeans – our family stories are characterised as much by our experiences of separation from home and from one another as they are by a shared connection to a particular place.
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