May 14th, 2006
We couldn't believe it when we just stumbled on your message a couple of days ago.Where do I begin?OK.
My name is Brian David Zyk, born Melbourne Australia 1943.Believe it or not, there were, until the death of my father in 1991, 4 people in Australia with the name David Zyk.
Even though David is my middle name, I am often called David Zyk, and hence I am one of the 4.There are now only 5 Zyks in Australia with actual Zyk blood, as distinct from acquiring the name through marriage.
Continuing on, I will give you the information that may help you about the Australian Zyk clan.
I shall start off with my father, David Zyk, 1903-1991, who was born in Lowicz, Poland.He had one brother, Michael Zyk, 1906-1954, who arrived in Australia just before the outbreak of WWII.Michael was married but had no children.My father's father was called Isaac Zyk who must have been born approx. 1866, and is believed to have died by natural causes 1940 in Poland.Isaac Zyk had two sons (David and Michael), and I believe 4 daughters, 2 of the daughters had the names Mania and Zelda, the other 2 I am not sure of.My father very rarely spoke about the past due to the horror of WWII.On a trip to Poland in 1974, by the whole Zyk family, we met the police chief in Lowicz, who must have then been in his late 40s.He clearly remembered the Zyk family and an extensive network of relatives, he also told us that it was not until approximately mid-1944 that the Jews were rounded up and sent to extermination camps.That is all we could find out.
Isaac Zyk, my grandfather, had at least several brothers and sisters, whose names I was never told.However, a short while before my father left Lowicz for Australia, in 1926, he attended a bris for the son of one of his first cousins (name unknown).The sons name was David Zyk.
Approximately 1948, my father was contacted by the Red Cross here in Melbourne, Australia that a young man named David Zyk was trying to locate his father's first cousin, i.e. my father.I went with my father to meet the newly arrived David Zyk.
Initially, my father was in contact with the young David Zyk for several years, but the connection had severe ups and downs all the way through to my father's death in 1991.
I met David Zyk in 1948 after he just arrived, next about 1951, then in 1984 at my sisters wedding, and finally in 1991.He is living in the Melbourne area and I can forward details to you if required.I have always wondered if there are any relatives "out there" and it seems as if you may be connected to all the Australian Zyks.
I would be glad to hear from you to see if you could assist me in filling in some of the many missing pieces of information re the family tree.I assume that you are in The United States and I am aware that there are a number of Zyks in the phone books of Chicago, and St. Louis.I would be curious to know if you have contacted any of them?
Brian David Zyk