I found this picture on the web. The first time I’ve ever seen it. The photo has a picture of my dad, Zygmunt (Sigmund after he came to the United States). He is known as Grandpa Sig to my kids though they never met him. He died six months before his 5oth birthday and a number of years before Nora and I got married.
This photo was taken in Warsaw most likely in 1944 before the Uprising began. The four young men are all a part of the Parasol Battalion of the Polish Underground. Parasol means Umbrella in Polish. They were named so because the Battalion was to join the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade in free Poland when the country was won back.
The caption below the photo says,
Humory dopisują – żołnierze batalionu „Parasol” przy nasłuchu radiowym. „Szprotka” (Władysław Holender), „Graf” (Zygmunt Lutyk), „Niesz” (Stanisław Nowiński), „Ryś” (Zbigniew Chmaj).
My attempt at translation shows it to say
Humor [codename] writes – soldiers of the “Parasol” Battalion listening at the radio. “Szprotka” (Sprat? = small herring] (Władysław Holender), “Graf” [Count] (Zygmunt Lutyk) , “Niesz” [No matter what?] (Stanisław Nowiński), “Rys” [Sketch] (Zbigniew Chmaj).
Zygmunt, my dad, is seen 2nd from the left in the back.
I look forward to writing more about this era of Lutyk Lore as I have time. Much to say about Batalion Parasol, my dad, his younger sister Janina Lutyk [codename: Scarlett], known on one blog as the “Heroine of the Warsaw Uprising”. She received three 3 medals of valor and her husband Jerzy Mirski [codename: Zapadko or Ratchet in English] who was the last leader of Batalion Parasol during the Uprising and received a medal of valor.