My name is Elizabeth Filipek Buckholz and I am 18 years old and currently a sophomore in college. I am raising money to go to Europe to find my biological family of Filipek. The picture shown is of a family farm has been in the Filipek family since 1547 and I would like to go there to get information about the Filipek family before they immigrated to the United States and settled in Minnesota. This will be the first stop that I make on this trip.
While in DC, I discovered many Filipeks that were in German concentration camps during World War 2. I also found a Katarzyna Filipek who was killed in Poland by the German Nazis for hiding a Jewish family for several months. These discoveries have increased my desire to go overseas to Czech Republic to find my family.
My trip will include visiting some of the concetration camps where the Filipeks were imprisoned, churches, libraries, as well as goverment buildings to gather data, pictures, and stories. I will also be reaching out to living relatives who live in the vicinity to get their stories and to share information about their American relatives.
I have been doing genealogy research with my mom since I was about 10 years old, and I have been bitten by the genealogy bug. I want to know where I come from and learn about the hardship and struggles that my family endured so that I could be alive today.
Thank you for your support.