Marian Bumblis
Marian Bumblis. Born in Rybczany 10 km away from Postawy (Wilno voivodship, the Second Polish Republic) on 11 September 1926. His parents, Antoni and Maria, also came from Rybczany, they were very religious. Marian Bumblis had ten siblings: eight brothers and two sisters. Even though his parents had a 17-hectare farm and were very hard-working, it was not easy for them to maintain such a large family. In 1939, Marian Bumblis went on a month-and-a-half long trip to Wilno (Lithuanian: Vilnius), Krakow, Warsaw, Katowice and Chorzów. The trip was organized as a reward for the children who helped build a memorial commemorating the Polish soldiers from the 75th Infantry Regiment from Chorzów killed near Rybczany in 1918 and 1920. Marian Bumblis completed five forms of a Polish primary school, and then three forms of a Soviet school. When the land was taken away from his parents and kolkhozes started to be established, he started to learn to be a shoemaker. While serving in the army he learnt how to drive a bus and after leaving the army stared to work as a driver. Then he worked at a post office. In the 1980s he went a number of times to Poland, where his brother lived. He was actively involved in the struggle for recovering the church in Postawy. At present, he is retired.