My great-great-grandfather, Lejb Myszkowski, was born in Przerosl,
Poland, in 1827. His grandson, my grandfather Henry Mishkoff (for whom I am named), was born
in Grajewo, Poland in 1881 and emigrated to the United States in 1904.
In October of 1999, I traveled to Poland to visit Przerosl, Grajewo,
and other places where my ancestors and their families lived.
This website is a pictorial diary of that journey.
October 3, 1999: Warsaw
Including The Sheraton and The Synagogue. (And The Pizza Hut.) A nice warm
sunny day, great for outdoor photography but I was feeling pretty
jet-lagged, so I took only a few photos. I'll make up for it tomorrow...
October 4, 1999: Warsaw
Basically, the first five walking tours in the "Traces of Jewish Presence"
section of A Guide to Jewish Warsaw from Our
Roots. Unfortunately, it's been overcast all day, so the photos are
October 5, 1999: Warsaw to Bialystok
Featuring Wegrow, Treblinka, Zambrow, and my hotel room in Bialystok.
It's been another gray day, this one with some actual rain although the
worst of the rain held off until after we started to walk back to the parking lot at
Treblinka, just a few minutes after I had taken my last photo there.
October 6, 1999: Bialystok to Suwalki
Today's sites include Tykocin, Trzcianne, Grajewo, Sejny, and Suwalki.
An even grayer and rainier day than yesterday and tomorrow, the
last day of my guided tour, is supposed to be even worse.
October 7, 1999: Suwalki to Warsaw
Just to be consistent, today (the last day of my three-day guided tour of
north-eastern Poland) has been cold and rainy. So in today's cold rain,
we visited Suwalki, Wodzilki, Przerosl, Bogusze, Szczuczyn, and Lomza.
October 8, 1999: Warsaw
Nice day chilly, but sunny and dry but I'm too tired to
really take advantage of it. Just a light day of typical tourist stuff, and
just a few photos.
October 9, 1999: Krakow
In Krakow today, it's... cold, gray, and wet (for a change). Today's tour
basically follows the walking tour of Kasimierz in the "Traces of Jewish
Presence" section of A Guide to Jewish Cracow from
October 10, 1999: Krakow and Auschwitz
The weather keeps getting worse. Today I began in Krakow
in the morning, traveled to Auschwitz midday, and returned to Krakow late in
October 11, 1999: Krakow
Today in Krakow it's been a lot warmer than it was yesterday. But just to be
consistent, it's still been gray, rainy, and generally dismal. Today's photos
document my search for the Myszkowski Chapel. (I'm a Myszkowski, although
it's highly unlikely that I'm in any way related to the family honored in the
October 12, 1999: Warsaw
Uh-oh, the sun's shining, must be time to go home...