Fot. Dominik Czapigo
Franciszek Lissowski
Born in Kamianets-Podilskyi on 15 May 1926. His mother was Polish, his father — Józef Lissowski — a Belarusian. He had six siblings: Maria, Jan, Stanisław, Bronisław, Antonina, and Genowefa. He was the fourth child in a row. In 1936, the entire family was deported to Kazakhstan near Novosel’sk. In 1938, his father was executed by firing squad. Franciszek Lissowski volunteered to the army in fear work at a coal mine. In 1944, he ended up on the front together with the newly-formed Polish Army. First, he served in the infantry, then as a mechanic and messenger. His unit reached Wawer and stopped there. Franciszek Lissowski was going as a messenger to right-bank Warsaw. At that time, in Wawer, he took his first Communion in secret. In 1945, Franciszek Lissowski’s unit reached Gdansk, then it set off for Berlin. The end of the war found the unit in Poznań. After the war Franciszek Lissowski came back to Kazakhstan. He worked at a kolkhoz as a tractor driver and also as a car mechanic. In 1957, the resettled family came back to Kamianets-Podilskyi. After his return Franciszek Lissowski worked on the railway as an engine driver. He lives in Kamianets-Podilskyi.