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Article about: Hi, my name is Kasha, and I am new here. I came on, because I have 3 relatives who all fought in the Polish Underground during the Warsaw Uprising. My mother was Maria Przytula aka Maryna or

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    Searching for my hero relativesSearching for my hero relativesSearching for my hero relativesHere are some pictures of my mom, right after the war, and later.

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    The last one is of my mom with my older sister and I. I was like 1....many many many moons ago!

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    my grandmother's maiden name was Eugenia Krolik. Is that a Jewish last name?

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    I just looked it up, and apparently it is a Jewish name. Could it be Catholic too, or just Jewish?

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    Great thread. I hope you continue to find answers
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    Quote by Kasha View Post
    I just looked it up, and apparently it is a Jewish name. Could it be Catholic too, or just Jewish?
    I believe Krolik could be either. There are quite a few Polish surnames which can be.

    Keep in mind also that so-called assimilated or converted Polish-Jews often changed an obviously Jewish surname to one that would not be recognisably Jewish as they wanted to be totally integrated within Polish life. This was mainly Polish-Jews from the professional classes.
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    Kasha, Thanks for posting the photos of your mother.

    I am especially intrigued by the insignia underneath the "Poland" patch on her left sleeve. It looks vaguely like outstretched wings of some description? Is it possible to make a higher resolution scan of just that area? Maybe another member could id it ?
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    Looks to be the standard RAF shoulder flash.
    Royal Air Force - Insignia

    Gary J.

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    Spot on Gary!

    Worn on both sleeves by all RAF ranks below Warrant Officers, i.e from Aircraftman Second Class (AC2), through AC1, LAC, Corporal, Sergeant, and finally Flight-Sergeant.

    So presumably she must have served in the PAF and the Polish Air Force Association might have further information?

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    Her first husband did. His name was Count Christopher Grabowski. He also was decorated with the VM. He was a sailor after the war. My older half brother Marc is his son. Marc has schizophrenia. this was probably Chris's coat.

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