You live as long as you are remembered. ~ Russian Proverb

Friday, June 11, 2010


To the best of my knowledge, my surname is Ukrainian.

  • My father's name was Richard.
  • He is the son of John ANDRUSZKOW and Helen LATA.
  • John had a brother named William. They were both killed during World War II.
  • They were the sons of Timothy ANDRUSZKOW and Anna KUBLOWSKI.
My father was born in Zyrawa, POLAND. His father was born in Stryj. Both are now part of the UKRAINE. I do not know anything about Timothy, Anna, or William.

From what I understand, getting information from the UKRAINE is difficult at best. I don't even know where to start.

My grandfather was killed by a sniper bullet. His body was never returned to my grandmother for burial and they wouldn't allow her to claim his body or see it. She was never given any sort of compensation by the Army or anyone. So she was left a young widow with 2 small boys to raise. Her youngest child a girl, Diane, died just a couple of months before John was killed.

After losing her husband, a few months later she lost her home to the German Army. They decided they wanted to use the house and told her and my great-grandparents they had to leave. To this day, we do not know what ever happened to the house. It is something I would love to try and find out one day.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Lisa,
    My name is Marjorie Andruszkow, and am curious to see if we may be related - my father, Tadeusz Andruszkow, was born in Poland/Ukraine in Rohaczyn, and had a large family.
    If you would like, we could email each other about this. My email is
    I look forward to hearing from you.