Translation from the book
Z Kresów Wschodnich R.P. Wspomnienia z Osad Wojskowych 1921-1940
(From: The Eastern Borderlands of Poland, Memories of Military Settlements 1921-1940)
Pub: Ognisko Rodzin Osadników Kresowych (OROK)
(Association of the Families of the Borderland Settlers)
London, UK. 1992 and 1998 (out of print)
ISBN 1 872286 33 X
Province (Województwo) WOŁYŃ
District (Powiat) Łuck
Municipality (Gmina) Rorzyszcze
Postal District (Poczta) Sokół
I am a son of a legionary and settler from Osada Nawóz. My father, Józef Michalski, a captain during the 1918-1920 war, served in Józef Piłsudski’s legions and was decorated with the Virtuti Militari cross for his merits near Kolki. He was from okolica Kobierzec in Lithuania, [Translator’s note: Okolica or okolnia in combination with a Proper noun in old Polish refers to a village or settlement resided in by nobility] an adopted son of his uncle, a commander in the Lithuanian forces.
A tragic fate led our family through Russia, i.e. my mother and her children, since my father was murdered in Nawóz village.
My father loved his country with his whole heart, and we were raised with a great devotion for the country, Polish history, and language, which I remember from my childhood years. My sister Sabina lives in Radom, where our painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary is placed in the local church, and many of our household objects are in the art museum.
Our settlement was near a small town Sokół where we went to church.