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MAIDAN : THE LAND OF ANCESTORS

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We present to you article by Anna Krzosek about Maidan. Mrs. Anna belongs to the post-war generation "maidanniks", That's why she had done a thorough examination on a beautiful mountain village of Maidan. We encourage you to read, and you will learn about what was the Maidan on the basis of the most reliable sources of information. We thank Mrs. Anna Krzosek for sharing this article with all of us. Thus, it is the first article of our readers, So we recommend to the active participation of all creative people! Maidan ancestral land.

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CATEGORY OF ARTICLE: Articles, History , Municipalities June 23, 2011, 08:00

Author : Anna Krzosek

Maidan and its close surroundings

Maidan is a beautifully located mountain village in Bieszczady. It lies in the former county. Drohobych, region. Lviv, 32 km south-west. from Drohobych, 26 km from Boryslav, pushing a wedge between the counties Turchansky and Stryisky.
I am part of the post-war generation "maidanniks", that from an early age was brought up in the great love and respect to the place, that parents and grandparents were forced to leave more than 60 years ago, and which image till the rest of their life wore in their hearts. This led to, that "Maidan" has accompanied me "from always", was integral particle of my life, Although I knew, that place called with that word is paradise lost lying somewhere "far in the mountains, in the forests ".

As a child instead of a fairies i was listening to stories about meetings with bears, wolves howling at the moon, fish "babkach" caught in the river with a fork, jelonku Kubusiu wykarmionym bottle. I always went out "on field", and not "on outside", I knew, What is "meshty" or "prylipka" or "kalatushka". No wonder, I did everything, to see this extraordinary place, where everything was better, greater, more beautiful. I went there for the first time on very briefly 1989 year. Since that time I was there several times and it is there for a moment I feel at home, i do a journey in time. It turns out, that such people like me, such "post-war" maidanniks charmed with the birthplace of their loved ones, there are very many. Only now, among others. thanks to Internet we get to know, We often discover connecting closer or further relationship. We have been already for three times in Maidan with such a group, first in October 2007, and then in the summer 2008 y. and 2010 y., discovering it anew.

This, what I write below about the Maidan, I created from scraps of information found in various books and online, as well as fragments of memories of still living maidanniks, including my today 82-year-old Mom, although memory often plays tricks on them and the same event has so many versions, how many storytellers.

Photo from November 1938 y, on which there are my grandparents

How to get to Maidan?

To our Maidan the best way to get there is from Boryslav and Skhodnica, going by a beautiful scenic driving route (unfortunately, positive feelings do not apply to road surface) and going higher and in wilder mountains, it is worth to realize to yourself, that this distance, our ancestors often walked-, going to Boryslav to work or shopping, and even on the market to a distant Drohobych. Their journey did not take place, however, by this route, which is we going, but the so-called. „shortcuts”. You should also bear in mind, that this way famous the "white couriers" rode through , described by Tadeusz Chciuk in his book[1]. From Borysławia road leads through departments, on the left side we path Skhidnycia, then run through Novy Kropivnyk, the bridge on the river Stryj (new, after an old wooden there no sign after the last flood), Rybnik village and enters to the valley of Rybnik Maidansky.

Name Maidan

There were a lot of villages called Maidan was a lot in old Poland, had in its name its additional descriptions, eq. Majdan Zbydniowski or Sieniawski. Our Maidan was called to distinguish Maidan Iron, and thats why, about this further. Majdan is the name of a Turkish origin used for the determination of the square of the village, in the military camp, in the fortress, on yard. The square had economic importance as a place to trade or storage of different goods, packages. Now, in everyday language, means garden or courtyard. At Borderlands with name maidan called cleared places in the forest, for working with wood or charcoal-burning. Maidan is a settlement of the forestry workers.[2]

Photograph showing the Majdan around 1910 year

Location Of Maidan

MAIDAN extends over approximately 2 km in the Valley of Maidansky Rybnyk. It lies on the h:. 530 m npm. Is closed from the west with slopes of Lipovata, from north-eastern. – Horodok, from east. with Mielnichna pass, and on the south slopes of Holyna. At the foot of the Lipovata the Rybnik Valley divides in two : on the right side opens up a new valley of Rybnik Zubzhycky, on the left valley of Rybnik Maidansky stretches.[3] To the south of the village Rybnik extends settlement Holostych (Vodostych), there is a sigh with the name of the village of Maidan and the first buildings stretching to the fork in the road, over which towered powerful iron viaduct narrow gauge railway. Viaduct is gone, leaving only remnants of the pillars. The road leads us to the center of Maidan, on the right side, on a slight uphill ("on a hill near the chapel"), was the oldest (burials possibly discontinued in the 20s of the twentieth century) maidansky cemetery, on which has been preserved tombstone with the figure of Our Lady of Lourdes and the inscription: "Józef i Petrunela Ważni". In the center of the village, in not big distance from each other, the most important buildings were concentrated: 2 the churches, Greek Catholic church, narrow-gauge railway station, which also housed the offices of the company "Godulla", Chateau, school, Rifle Association headquarters, Sickness Fund. Today these buildings do not exist or either changed their destiny. Attracts attention brick church converted into a hotel. This is a sign of the time. There is no one to serve, because there are no Poles in Maidan. The Last, Stanisław Lachowicz, died in 2003 y.


[1] T. Chciuk:White couriers. Munich, Germany 1986.
[2] www.pl.wikipedia.org
[3] H. Gąsiorowski:Bieszczady, Kielce 2000, s. 104 (reprint "Przewodnika po Beskidach Wschodnich"from 1935 y.)


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Artur Czernych wrote, June 25, 2011 , 09:02

Amazing ! I'm at wraeniem – “RESPEKT”, Ms. Anno !
It's a great job 🙂
And for readers, I want to zwrucić attention, that is the only “THE FIRST”, part of this artukułu, the total is “FOUR” – Please press the button “THE NEXT PART OF THE” and read on 🙂
I greet all cordially !

Artur Czernych wrote, June 25, 2011 , 09:09

I Think, that the Council is RURAL, or MAYOR of a village MAJDAN – should Ms Anna, the Medal of honor “for the great contribution to the promotion of, marketing and raising knowledge and history of “Unknown Village Majdan”” !! Or issue a document “Honorary Citizen” ! 🙂

miller wiesław wrote/MiG, April 8, 2012 , 21:31

Very,very beautiful article. I come from the family Miller,I am the grandson of Vincent and Stefani, those that settled in Lublewie and surrounding areas. I was never in Majdanie physically, Although the heart often there zaglądam. Thank you for the beautiful article, and the beautiful work that You performed.

    Yuri wrote, April 16, 2012 , 10:01

    I agree that Ms. Anna wrote a cute article. I recommend visiting Majdanu, really beautiful nature and place of!

Ilse Fitzbauer wrote/MiG, July 07 8, 2012 , 09:35

My father’s family (both families of my grandparents – Jan Miller & Konstantyna Pasiniewicz)came from Majdan. I never had the chance to see or even ready more about my fahter’s native country. Therefore I’m really glad to read this great postng and of course to see the pictures.
to Ms Anna – Thank you very much!

Adam Piotrowski wrote/bath, June 2, 2015 , 22:31

I've never been in Sheptytckiy square, but very much heard about it and just this year/between 8 and 18. 07. 2015/I'll be in this charming town, and “Kim”It was Mrs. ANNE młodziży group there when I arrive.,campaign participants”The grave of praděd save from oblivion”.By the way, let's clean forgotten tombs in the old cemetery and we light candles.

Smolnicka wrote/bath, February 9, 2016 , 20:58

Amazing article! I come from a family of Smolnickich, and exactly I am the granddaughter of Anthony and Catherine (Home Wilińska) Smolnickich, who came from the village of Majdan. After the war, the great-grandfather settled in general aviation Nyskiej. Now I create a geneaologiczne tree. If anyone had any information on Smolnickich or Wilińskich from Maidan Nezalejnosti, please contact.
Best regards!
And once again, Ms. Anno great article! 🙂

tacjanna wrote/MiG, April 10, 2016 , 19:51

Thank you very much for your kind words. Please contact me. My praprababcia was from the House of Wilińska. In my family tree are also majdańscy Smolniccy, not to mention other families.
I cordially greet.

danuta wrote / Votes, April 11, 2016 , 18:45

Smolnicki I know because my grandmother was the sister of Anthony What is your name surely you live in Nysa danuta

AGA wrote/bath, September 16, 2016 , 09:02

great article!I have never been in this place but certainly I am going there because my great-grandfather John Lachowicz and grandfather Joseph Lachowicz from those pages were. If anyone has information about this family please write in advance. Best regards

Victoria Beck wrote / Votes, August 9, 2018 , 04:14

I am a descendant of two families: the Mueller and Wilinska families. Thank you for the photographs. The Mueller have a family tree online. My great great grandfather was Mueller. I don’t know anything about the Wilinski tree, my great great grandmother’s family.

FREDO wrote / Votes, August 17, 2018 , 14:57

It may be someone who would say something about the village zalokiec, where my mother was born in 1927 year. bearing about 14 years was witnessed murder the whole family. I do not know how he got to work in Germany in the rucila 1947 I was in urodzlem 1949 r .nosila name kropiewnicka his father did not know how her mother had the name I think she was a Jew drug which its towazyszyl upon arrival is not much I describe my bala.ojciec anything about her he did not know. Mom died in 1958 year. mam70latmoze someone knows something, please contact us

Richard wrote / Votes, January 29, 2019 , 20:30

My dad was born in 1934 Equal year and his family came from these sites and Janicki name does not appear in the statement as well as Filiczkowski

Joanna wrote / Votes, April 12, 2019 , 21:24

Mrs. Smolnicki.. Please look at my page on Facebook, There has released pictures of families with pre-war Lviv, probably Smolnicki. My website joanna.bartnicka.18

Tadeusz Smolnicki wrote / wa, February 10, 2021 , 10:55

A very interesting article. My grandfather, Michał Smolnicki, was born 1881 in Maidan.

Andrzej K wrote / wa, June 5, 2021 , 21:29

Andrew
To Mrs. Smolnicka. My mother, nee Wilińska, she came from Maidan. Mummy had three sisters and four brothers. I would like to contact you.
I cordially greet.

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