The Haller Family from Jurczyce
General Józef Haller, the co-founder of the Polish scouting movement, the Commander of the 2nd Brigade of Piłsudski’s Legions and the Commander in Chief of the Blue Army, was the most prominent personage of the Haller family. He spent his childhood in Jurczyce, and often returned here after leaving his native village. Jurczyce owe a lot to the General’s brother Cezary (an MP), because the road to Radziszów was built thanks to him. Together with his mother he also founded the Rola cooperative in Skawina. Lady Olga, along with her two daughters Anna and Ewa have stayed in the grateful memory of local residents. In 1908 they founded a school in Jurczyce. They also generously supported the local parish. A small chapel for family use was built at the manor. Children from the entire village used to gather here for prayers in May and June. They knew well that there would always be a treat for them afterwards. A special gingerbread was baked for them. Lady Anna was particularly sensitive to the need of the poor and supported those in need as much as she could. Thanks to her, Poles persecuted by the Germans found a shelter in the manor house. She also organised holidays for research and administration staff of the Jagiellonian University at the manor. After Ewa’s death in 1930, and later their mother Olga’s death in 1940 , Anna, her brother Karol, (known as “Major”) and their son Kazik still lived in the estate. Kazik paid the highest price for bearing Haller’s name. He was arrested in Kraków and died in Auschwitz in 1942. After the war, the Hallers were deprived of their property. They were forced to leave their manor and settled in Kraków. In recognition of Anna Haller’s life’s work, her funeral at the Radziszów parish in 1969 was a great cermony. She was led to the place of her final rest by a funeral procession including crowds of people, among whom there was also the then Archbishop Metropolitan of Kraków, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, who later became Pope John Paul II. It was the last burial ceremony in the Haller family grave, because Karol – the last owner of Jurczyce – is buried in Kraków.