Hi Stephanie & All
There are records which I will post up when I can find where I have saved them. I don't have my Lwow maps as I have loaned them to someone who is in Lwow at the moment so I can't send you the exact address of the school but I know it was in Batory Street which is also where my father and his family lived.
The Director in 1938 was Dr Eugeniusz Wawrzkowicz. Dad said it was very strict, which was why he was sent there (I don't think he liked discipline and because he was the son of an aristocratic family). He hated having his head shaved and early each morning they had to get up and do military exercises outside, including in winter. I have his school certificate which shows he learnt religion, Polish, French, German, history, geography, maths, philosophy, natural science, physics, combat, bayonetting, artillery and a whole lot of other subjects (happy to send you his certificate so you can see). I know he also did fencing.
The story my father told was that he was not an enthusiastic student and the Director threatened to expel him. My grandfather and the Director did a deal whereby the Director agreed to give him his leaving certificate if my grandfather pulled him out of the school. The war took care of the rest of his education.
I have his school diary from 1938. They had penfriends in the US. He's written down a whole list of American and British car brands (Packards and Buicks feature a few times), there's a diagram of the dashboard of a car,a number of names who may be his classmates with the name of the town where they cam from (I recognise two of them who were friends later in life), maths sums etc.
He writes to his penpal in English "My dear friend, Thank you for your letter very much. I know you write that letter with your friend Edwin Winkler. Our city is large, its name is Lwow. It has 550,000 people. wow lies in Ost Poland. POland is as large as Texas State. The capital of Poland is Warsaw, it has 2,5000,000 inhabitants. Warsaw is as large as Detroit. The president of Poland is Prof Ignacy Moscicki.I like to play football. I am the cadet. We learn only French and German. I speak English very badly. We have in the school four aeroplanes. We were for two weeks at Rom and at Budapest. My father is the lawyer. I have no sister and no brother. I like the American book of Mark Twain it is Tom Sawyer. My friend write the letters French and English for you. Do you hear concerning the match America ..." (I have trouble deciphering the rest).
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Stephanie Reeve <ssreeve@...> wrote:
> Hello -
> I just noticed this thread regarding the Lwow Military School.
> My father too was in the Jozef Pilsudski Military Academy in Lwow.
> He was not there long when the war broke out. He and his two younger
> brothers stayed in Lwow with my grandfather, I believe through the winter, and
> then the boys were put on a train to Moscow, eventually making their way back
> to the U.S. via Odessa, Istanbul, through southern Europe and departing from
> Lisbon. . .my grandfather stayed in Lwow and disappeared after putting the boys
> on a train out of the country (he had a Polish passport so could not leave. The boys
> were on one American passport).
> But, what I'm interested in right now is more info regarding the Academy in Lwow, as I
> have not been able to find out much about it. . . are there any records remaining?
> You mentioned it was on Batory Street. That is something I did not know.
> I would love to find some kind of record of my father's having been there.
> He is no longer living, so I cannot ask him.
> I'm also always hopeful I will find some record somewhere of what happened to
> my grandfather. We assumed he was killed in Lwow, but he may also have been
> deported somewhere into Siberia. . . we have no idea as he was never heard from
> Any additional information you could give me would be most appreciated!
> With Kind Regards,