World War II

December 2018 / Ancestry Tour,  IIWW History

Finding Dad’s grave

December 2018 / Ancestry Tour, IIWW History

Ancestry tours in Poland during winter time? Yes, it’s great opportunity to explore Poland and Europe. As night falls much earlier you see illuminated cities earlier than during summer time. There are considerably less people in the museums etc.

If you are living in hotter climate - like South Africa - then winter is great opportunity to visit Poland.

As little boy Mr Rainer was told many stories about his father. He never knew him.

What was true and which stories were made up to make him feel better as a kid raised without a dad? Little Rainer wasn’t sure.

As he was growing up he collected all information available to him about his father. He know that his father died in Poland in closing stages of IIWW.

One day his daughter in-law organised a tour to Europe, a family trip for 3 generations. We started to speak few weeks before their arrival and exchanged family documents.

Finally we have meet in Poznan Poland.

I wish to learn more about my family history and if possible to stand at the father’s and grandfather’s grave. Goals were clear for us.

Therefore before their arrival our team made a small research to prepare for this emotional visit. We have found an exact place where his father died in the last stages of IIWW, in January 1945.

We went for a trip to small village Debina Gut, as it used to be called in 1945, north-west from Poznan.

Debina Palace was opened especially for us and we have meet there with local people. They have showed us exact grave’s location and told story of last days of IIWW in the region, seen trough their eyes. We received exact picture what was happening here.

History told by them matched Mr Rainer’s history perfectly. Emotions were sky high!

It was an amazing tour for both sides. For us it was pure pleasure to help organise this trip. What was Rainer’s Family impression on our tour? You can read it on Trip Advisor.

If you have any IIWW history in your family which is connected with modern Polish territory - please contact us.

We are happy to help you make your special ancestry tour in Poland.