Wanda’s childhood

In an attempt to mix up the story, you will now be reading about Wanda’s childhood.  It is a story different from any experienced by her descendants.  These stories were shared with her children but not always in great depth.  With the help of Reggie, Terry,  Linda and Barbara, I have attempted to provide a coherent picture of her life in the Polish neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1920s and 1930s.

This post is also formated differently.  At the request of my daughter, Jenny, I have combined the text document with the PowerPoint pictures into one PowerPoint document.  You will only need to open the document to the right called “Wanda’s childhood.”  Unlike my usual PowerPoints, this one is formatted vertically.  Please “play” the document to get the best view of the pictures.



Wanda is on the left.

Wanda Maria Werbicki was born on January 24, 1921 in the Polish neighborhood of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  She was the first child of Raymond Wierzbicki and Pauline Bregetta Jaroszewska, both of whom emigrated from Poland through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. (More on a later post.) English was not her first language; in fact, Wanda did not learn English until she was in elementary school.  In addition to Wanda, Raymond and Pauline had another daughter and two sons. Raymond was known to his grandchildren as Grandpa and Pauline was called “Bachie” which is a child’s pronunciation of the Polish word babka which means grandmother.