Traveling alone in Poland at 15 year old / Zakopane ski resort #general

Marc <marcrys@...>

Dear all,

Mieczyslaw RYSZFELD (>from Warszaw) is listed as a visitor (guest) of the
Polish ski resort of Zakopane in 1929 (link: ).

The scarcity of the Ryszfeld family name (only in Warszaw with this
spelling) as well as the first name being very unusual among the Warszaw
branch lead me to think it may be the same person as Mecislas Ryszfeld, a
21y old student of weaving in 1935 in western France (Mulhouse). The latter
is listed in the school archives as being born in 1914.

Were they the same persons, Mieczyslaw Ryszfeld would have been 15 or 15 and
a half year old...

Would such a teenager travel alone on "holiday" to a ski resort 500km away
from Warszaw in the early 20th c. ?
Would it be a possible way to France through (current) Slovaquia Austria
etc... ? Actually, looking at a map, this way leads directly to the above
French border city of Mulhouse. But then winter is probably not the best of

Was it usual procedure at that time for a winter resort's journal to list
supposedly unknown visitors as well as their place of residence in the
resort? Zakopane seems to have been quite in fashion as a train access dates
back to 1899, and 1st ski-jump 1925.

Thank you for your ideas.

As a side theme, I own the 1935 class photo >from the Mulhouse weaving
school, but then all members on the picture able to recognize Mecislas would
be above 100yr old today...

Marc Ryszfeld
Paris, France
Searching RYSZFELD. CHAYETTE. DON (Vilno). STOCZYK (Warszaw)


Probably. Our ancestors weren't as well "informed" about the dangers
of the wide world, and therefore seem to have enjoyed a degree of

In my own immediate family, I flew >from alone >from London to Geneva
at the age of (almost) 17, with no one at the other end to meet me,
and no other arrangements. (Granted, that was much later in the 20th
century.) My late father-in-law travelled to the Congo, in Africa,
at an even younger age (family lore says it was just after his bar
mitzvah). And one of my late father's childhood stories was that he
and his cousin, both about 8 or 9 years old, took a horse-drawn wagon
of watermelons to the fair, alone, sold them, and then drove the
horse and wagon home at the end of the day. (Horses being an early
prototype of the self-driving car.)

Somehow, children in those days were given greater freedom and
responsibility, and parents managed to survive without cell phones or
constant contact. It might make an interesting statistical study to
look up records of, say, 15-year-olds arriving at Ellis Island, where
we have lots of data to work with, and try to figure out how many of
them arrived unaccompanied by their immediate family.

....... tom klein, toronto

"Marc" <marcrys@...> wrote:

Would such a teenager travel alone on "holiday" to a ski resort 500km away
from Warszaw in the early 20th c. ?