He was born in the village of Cisówka gm. of Michalowo but went to school in Szymki. When the war broke out he was 7 years old. He remembers how the Germans took 2 neighbors from the village, who never returned to their homes. His father also went to war at once, in 1939, leaving his wife with four children. Today, remembering the war times, he says it was really hard, but the most important thing is that everyone survived, his father – even a POW camp.
Years later, they settled in the village of Hieronimowo near Michalowo. They bought a plot of land and transported the house. Like many in these parts, they supported themselves by working on a farm. Those were the years when young people still enjoyed themselves at the parties that were held in all the major villages. At the age of 23, it was at a party in Mosciski that he met his wife Sophia. They have been together 68 years now! They lived to see 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
After getting married, Mr. Nikolai worked on his in-laws’ farm, as well as in Michalowo on construction sites and even for 2 years in Fasty – then he came home only on weekends. After years of work, he could afford to buy a farm tractor. He left his job and returned to the farm, and they began to develop it – they built a barn and bought various machines. They even had a threshing machine, with which Nikolai drove around the villages and earned extra money. They also raised pigs and cows. They lived an intensive life on their rural farm.
The years passed inexorably, Mr. Nikolai grew old and began to fall ill. He was hospitalized several times, but he is most happy to be in his own home and that is because he is well cared for here. He lives in hope that he will be able to stay there as long as possible.
On the part of our home hospice, he has the care of a doctor, a nurse and a physiotherapist. He enjoys these visits very much. He says he feels well taken care of and is in much better shape because of it.