The Dabrowski Family - Part Two
Written and Researched by Nadia Larsen

This photograph is labeled "Horodec."
Notice the Polish White Eagle plaque over the
window on the back of the house. To the right
is another plaque with the Lithuanian horseman.

The two photographs above are the Home of
Tomasz Adam Dabrowski. In top photo, Tomasz is
laying on the steps. These photos are taken
at different times. The second one was around
the years 1958-60, after Tomasz'z death.
Notice what appears to be Linden trees.

Newspaper article called: "Celebrating the Birthday of Kosciuszki."

This article speaks to the idea that those pictured above were celebrating the 257th anniversary of the birthday of Tadeusza Kosciuszki, showing a 1935 photo from a newspaper article printed in 2003 with photo of Tomasz Dabrowski with his second wife and her daughter.


Romuald "Romek" Dabrowski, Jr. in 1936

1. Romuald Daborowski was born in 1914 on their"dwozec" (country house) in Bzesc/Brest near the River Bug. Her was baptized Roman Catholic. Four years after Romuald's birth (in 1918), Poland regained its independence after almost three centuries of foreign rule.

The Brezko Region in present day Poland

Many of the Romuald's ancestors had homes on or near the Bug River. The River Bug forms the border between Poland, Belarus, and the Ukraine today. Romuald later lived in Polesia, Belarus (near Kobrya). Romuald was a policeman before the Second World War. He died in 1985, of lung cancer (at age 71). After my father's death, I contacted the British Ministry of Defense. In November 1999, I was shocked to learn that my father was married before WWII and had two sons. My half-brother, Wladyslaw, had made an inquiry to the British Red Cross. He was looking for his father. The last known address was from 1957. This information I received from the Southern Arizona Red Cross in March 2001. I then wrote a letter and was lucky that Michal, my other half-brother, was still living at the address I was given. Call it fate. I now knew that my father, Romuald, was married to:

(1) Jozefa Wierzbicka, in Ivov, U.S.S.R., in 1938. Apparently his father Tomasz, was against their marriage. However, Jozefa waited for my father all her life. He was deported to Siberia during the war, as Eastern Poland was lost to the Soviet Union once again. The rest of Poland was under Hitler's control.

On August 31, 1939, the Soviet parliament ratified the Hitler-Stalin Pact. Great Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939, however, the Poles did not receive the allies' support. On September 1, 1939, the Red Army invaded Poland from the East. In February 1940, Polish citizens were sent to Kazakakhstan, in the Russian Arctic and to Siberia.

CLICK HERE for more information regarding Poland in WWII.
CLICK HERE for information on the medals given to Romuald Daborwski.

Jozefa Dabrowski was not married again. She and Romuald had two sons:

1. Wladek Dabrowski was born in 1939.
2. Michal Dabrowski was born in 1940.

Romuald never saw his son, Michal, because Jozefa was pregnant with him when he was taken to Siberia. Josefa died thirteen (13) years after her husband Romuald.

(2) Romuald married Nina Krasnova in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1954 (at age 40). Nina and Romuald were both World War II refugees who met in Israel. Romuald was placed into the Polish forces under British command. He was sent to Iran, Iraq, and Palestine. Nina was separated from her family as a teenager (in 1942) and was put to work in Germany's slave labor camps. She was eventually liberated by the Russians. Her sister, Lena (my aunt) was liberated by the Americans. The sisters lost contact for forty-eight (48) years. Then they met at my home in Maine in 1990. My aunt Lena now lives in Mogilev, Belarus

Nina and Lena were the daughters of Ivan Nikolaevitch Krasnov (d. 1926 in Dimidov, Smolensk, and his (2) wife, Alexandra Goranina. Nina and her sister had a half-siter named Valentina, the daughter of their father's first wife Zinaida ?. Valentina married a ? Yakovleva. The had a son, Jenya, and a daughter, Nora. The family was relocated together with the shoe factory "Skorokhodova" to Omsk. During the war, Valentina Yakovleva lived in an apartment in Leningrad, before their evacuation.

First Wedding of Romauld Dabrowski, Jr.
1938 - Russia to his wife Josefa Wierzbicka.
Taken in Ivov, Russia. Josefa died two years before
I found my family.

1954 - Jerusalem, Israel, Wedding of Romuald Dabrowksi and Nina Krasnova, my mother.

Romuald and Nina met in Jerusalem and they had a successful steakhouse in Tel Aviv, a city located on the coast of the Mediterraean Sea. Romuald originally lived in Polesia, Belarus. Nina was born in 1922. Tel Aviv had a population od 322,000 in 1984.

2. Leonard "Lonik" Dabrowski was born in the Dabrowski family dworek (country house) in Bresc/Brest near the River Bug. He died in 1948 of Tuberculosis. Leonard had a daughter named Danuta, Danuta lives in Opalskie with her daughter, her grand daughters, and her son.

Danuta reported the following information about her father:

She said she knows little about her family because her mother died January 21, 1945; and her father died December 13, 1948. Both her parents died of tuberculosis. She was an orphan since age five (5). She only briefly lived with my aunt Maria (about 1 year). Danuta visited her maternal grandmother on Christmas and holidays. Her grandmother was too poor to raise her on her own, since she lost everything during World War II. Danuta's parents married on December 26, 1939, in Brzesc. Leonard attended a non-commissioned Officer's School in Nisko. When they war broke out Leonard joined the Polish army.

Leonard Dabrowski in July 7, 1937
4th Panzer Batallion, "Datchnosh" platoon.

Leonard Daborowski - February 14, 1938.
Notice the distinctive Polish "zig zag" braid.

Leonard Dabrowski (left) and his father, Tomasz Adam Dabrowski, in Bzesc, dated April 27, 1939. The uniform Leonard is wearing, resembles the tanker type.

Maria Dabrowska in 1933 (age 11) at
the time of her first communion
(Roman Catholic Church) presided over
by Father Bronislaw Kyralski, Parson

3. Maria Dabrowska was born in 1922, on the Dabowski estate in Brezc/Brest, on the River Bug. lived in Drawsk, Pomorski, and was named after her grandmother Maria (nee Koszcuiska) in Generation One.

Maria (nee Dabrowska) Majsiejowicz and her husband's children are:

1. Elizaveta "Ela" (F) Majsiejowicz has a daughter named Yvona. Yvona lives in Szczecin/Stettin.
2. Janusz Majsiejowicz has a son named Adrian.Adrian goes to Szczecin University, which is about an hours drive from Drawsk Pomorski.
3. Adam Majsiejowicz and his wife Ani live in New Jersey, U.S.A. Adam went to the house of his (and my) grandparents, as a teenager, and remarkably found all the family photos in their attic. Adam has been living in New Jersey for 17 years. He has a Master's degree in Psychology, from a Polish University. Adam has two sons named Dominique and Sebastian

Unfortunately, my Aunt Maria had a debilitating stroke in June 2003 (at age 81).

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