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My family roots
are from Jawirnik - a town that vanished along with
the Austrian Hungarian Empire, but still lives in on the hearts and souls of
those that call themselves Lemkos, that would be the
Ukrainians Lemkos from
We are proud people, who have found ourselves scared throughout the world, in several continents and several countries—Ukraine, Poland, United States, Canada, Australia, England, and even Syria. A family that has always traveled to far away lands, but a family that has always remained knowing where they are from. My maternal grandmother was born in Philadelphia in 1897; but returned with her family to Jawirnik (Polish spelling, Jawornik) when the Austrian Hungarian Empire had died. My father’s uncle, he came here via Ellis Island and settled in Upstate New York in a little town of Auburn, where he and other built a church, St. Peter and Paul’s and then raised their families in the best of Ukrainian tradition. My aunt then found her way to Auburn from a German work camp, while cousins moved on to Australia. Other uncles settled in Chicago, and others in Mikolayiv, Ukraine, and others in Koszalin and Wegorzewo, Poland. From Sydney, Australia, to Sudbury, Canada, to Passaic, New Jersey the family has only grown—but it amazes me how we all keep in touch. Thank god for the internet—and this new global village.