One of my ancestors was Prof. Witold Rogala-Lewicki.
But, he was also the aristocracy, a szlachcic.
Such men, noblemen as I. Paderewski called them during WW1, were far and between albeit they also formed a class.
As opposed (in terms of Marxist class warfare principles which I abhor)to, say, labourers or proletarians these noblemen had privileges that they earned through deeds of valour mainly in the military field.
It was quite special, and I don't understand the spurious hatred and spite of the non-titled people who caused the communist rev.
Genealogy ought to be free from hysteria.
And it's important that everybody should not overlook the hard facts of genealogy because they are difficult to circumvent.
These are blood or genetic matters, but there is also the busi. aspect and the historic one too.
My great-grandfather was a lawyer, a journalist or newspaper man and he founded more than one daily neswpaper in Poland such as SLOWO (Warsaw's, for instance).
His partners as well as closest friends incl. H. Sienkiewicz, B. Prus, K. Makuszynski...
He was a hero of Polish nationalism.
He was also a politician who published a tiny brochure on the Jewish Question in Lvov or Lviv (sic), at Goldman's, the bookman.
These are the same Goldmans whor were implicated in the horrendous O.J. trial.
His wife was Paulina Krzykowska.
A famous portrait of her exists by the great 19 c. Warsaw painter, Bryl.
They had only one daughter, my granny (the mother of my deceased father who died in 1996, in: Canada) Zofia Lewicka.
It so happens that she was able to sign on occasion Zofia v. Lewicka, especially before Polish independence in 1918.
My grandmother had - I think - 4 offspring of her own with her husband, Jerzy Adamkiewicz.
1 died as a babe.
My father was their eldest son. My Uncle Leslie lived in Ontario, he died before my father did, and he was married to an anglo-saxon woman from Vancouver B.C., Patricia Lloyd. Their youngest child is my aunt Jadwiga Dec who lives in Olesno, Poland.
I deplore Polonia's and the KPWN's busi. at my family's and my expense.
This is a tragic archival problem we can't seem to be able to solve.
My father had lifelong, fruitless foreign claims against communist poland.
My great-grandfather's testament is a dead letter, a document which was never realized, and these losses killed my father.