The History of Poland, WW2 in Poland, Niwiska, and Anna Grabiec’s letters have a been a labor of love. Niwiska, which is my grandparents’ home village in Poland is also Anna’s and many of her ancestors.
Poland is the most amazing country, yet is mostly unknown to American travelers. Many of its WWII stories were suppressed during the time Poland was under the Iron Curtain. It is only within the last twenty-five years that its people now have the freedom to tell their remarkable stories. I have been there three times and most recently was there for historical research and will be writing articles on these topics and places.
Several of the articles and letters on this website came from a family history book titled “The Michael Grabiec Family.” written and published by Larry Bender. I was reading the book in more detail in 2017, and the importance of its contents and history compelled me to call Larry and ask his permission to copy some of the information to my website. Larry was very enthusiastic in his permission and said: “You have my permission to do whatever you want with the book.” Larry and I share a love of our Niwiska families so he knew he could trust me as his precious book is out of print.