Family History

Janina KÅ‚opotowska and Edward KÅ‚opotowski, 1937

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I was born in 1955 in Bangor, North Wales. My mom was Welsh, and my father was Polish and a veteran of the Second World War. They met in 1947 when he was stationed in Wales and before he was decommissioned from the Polish Second Corps.

The story of the war years was always present in my family in some form or another, and this is not a unique fact given my age and lineage. But, there was much that I did not know until my father wrote a letter to me in Polish that I received in 1991 after I had moved to San Francisco.

This section of the website is dedicated to offering my translation of this letter, and represents a tribute to the Polish side of my lineage and both of my parents. I invite visitors to read and experience the story, and please contact me with any comments or thoughts.  Click here to read the history