The Woman of Kracow – Friday Fictioneers 14th October, 2021.

Should she stay, or should she go?

Pregnant, Alicja had flown from London to Kracow to consult her dead father. An intense man, he’d been a Polish fighter pilot in the famous Kosciusko 303 squadron. After years in exile, the iron curtain had lifted, and he’d died in his beloved Kracow. Thoroughly English, Alicja was a stranger here. Yet, despite longing to be plain “Alice”, she still held onto the Polish spelling.

Strolling through Main Square, she didn’t see the oncoming tram. However, an invisible force shoved her to safety.

“Papa! Papa!”

Somehow, she would stay.

Yet, could she?


100 words

Four years ago, I met Roland in our local bookshop. His father was a Polish bomber plot in WWII, and he came from near Kracow which somehow managed to survive the war without being bombed to smithereens. I have been helping Roland research his father’s story and being in distant Australia, I decided to visit Kracow via Google Earth the other night. It was exquisite. Have you been there? It’s definitely on my bucket list. an interesting aspect to this research is that my Great Great grandmother was born in what went on to become Poland and she was till alive when my mum was a child. I looked up the village she came from some time ago, and didn’t relate to it at all. Meanwhile, I am hoping to find a bakery which makes Makowiec (Poppy Seed Roll). Or, I might have to try baking it myself. Soon, I’ll have to start calling myself Rowski!

Meanwhile, I have recently started a second blog, where I’m exploring English-Australian novelist Ethel Turner, who wrote the classic “Seven Little Australians”. However, so far I’ve been showcasing some of her other writing. Here’s the link:

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields at This week’s photo prompt has been provided by PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox

Best wishes,


16 thoughts on “The Woman of Kracow – Friday Fictioneers 14th October, 2021.

  1. Anita

    Interesting story.
    I believe our loved ones are our guardian angels. Glad she was saved. She has a lot of research to do.
    Best wishes for your project.

  2. granonine

    We have become global immigrants. If we all had to go back to our great-grandparents’ places of origin, we’d probably be shocked at where we came from 🙂

  3. GHLearner

    A lovely story, her dad watches over her. Aren’t so many of us fortunate to be able to chose which country and society we want to call our own?

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Rowena,

    What a lovely story. It sounds like she had a consultation with her father in front of the moving tram. Nicely done. Welcome back.



  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Rochelle. That is indeed the case. I’ve been helping my friend research his father who was a Polish bomber pilot in WWII along with all that entailed. I wandered around Kracow on Google Earth the other night and had a wonderful time. Such a beautiful city. All these months in lockdown are getting to me.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    Yes. Researching my friend’s father’s story has certainly helped me have more understanding of the refugee and anyone in exile. I’ve had a few friends whose wives decided they wanted an immediate divorce and they had to leave the family home. That is a form of exile too.

  7. Rowena Post author

    I am an absolute family history addict. However, it was only in the last few years that I realized I had some Great Great grandparents who had been born overseas. Much of my family goes back earlier in Australia’s history.

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