Jan Giza

25 May 1889–about 1999 (Age 109)
Tarnów, Poland

The Life of Jan

When Jan Giza was born on 25 May 1889, in Tarnów, Poland, his father, Piotr Giza, was 47 and his mother, Katarzyna Joniec, was 46. He died about 1999, at the age of 110.

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Piotr Giza
Katarzyna Joniec
Ignacy Giza
Florentyna Giza
Jan Giza
Michal Giza
Zofia Giza
Jan Giza
Stanislaus Giza

Parents and Siblings

    Piotr Giza





    Ignacy Giza


    Florentyna Giza


    Jan Giza



    Zofia Giza


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World Events (8)

1897 · National-Democratic Party

Age 8

In 1897, while the Polish were still controlled by the Russian Partition, they created a secret political organization called the National-Democratic Party. Also known as the SDN, they primarily focused on promoting legislative changes and other forms of non-violent resistance. The group was dissolved in 1919 when Poland regained their independence.
1901 · Września Children Strike

Age 12

In March of 1901, the German administration that ruled over the region of Greater Poland ordered all religion classes to teach in the German language. Students and parents were enraged by this decision. A group of roughly 118 students expressed their discontent in April; the teachers responded immediately with corporal punishment and detention. By May, a protest of 100 to 200 people began outside the school, consisting of children and adults. The administration threatened permanent suspension to individuals that rebelled, but the protests continued. The German government imprisoned 20 of these individuals over the following years and two children would end up dying from beatings. The last of the protesters would give up by 1904 and many parents ended up moving their children to other schools.

Age 29

Poland becomes independent. Poland becomes independent as WWI comes to an end. The country was devastated by the war. Approximately one million Poles died. All Polish institutions had to be rebuilt as the country once again formed a nation. The official boundaries are not set until 1923.

Name Meaning

1 Polish: nickname from giża ‘hind leg of an ox or swine’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a butcher.2 Albanian (Gjizë): occupational name for a maker or seller of cheese, from gjizë ‘skim-milk cheese’. In the form Gizas this is also found as a Greek and Aromanian family name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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