Monday, August 13, 2007

She, Claudia

My family name is Winkelman, which is why many call me Winkie.

My father's father, Julius, came from Zbarz(*), then Austria-Hungary, just south-east of Tarnapol.

This woman is Claudia Winkleman.

Her father is Barry Winkleman. His father, Willi (William), also came from Zbarz (his sister is the famous photographer, Sally Soames).

Here's Claudia's resume:-

Claudia Winkleman is one of the most sought after television presenters working today. This year she has presented Sky Movies Oscar Show for the 2007 Academy Awards and co-presented Comic Relief Does Fame Academy on BBC1, following her successful run presenting the BBC3 show and co-presented the live coverage of Concert For Diana.

At the end of last year she hosted her third series of the daily live BBC2 show Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two...Claudia was presenter of BB3s flagship programme Liquid News.

She has presented Central Weekend Live, a live topical studio discussion show for Carlton Television and BBC 1's Holiday programme where her charm and acerbic tongue earned her her own spin off programme - an hour long prime time special which took her around the world in 34 days reporting from Japan, India, Costa Rica and Dubai.

Claudia loves to write, she has a weekly column on a Wednesday in the Independent. Also she has regularly contributed to the Sunday Times and Cosmopolitan.

Claudia graduated from Cambridge University with an MA Hons in History of Art.

Her first child, Jake, was born in March 2003 and her second child, Matilda was born in June 2006.

I think we're related.

Sally wrote me once:

I am trying for further details, Will let you know. I live in London not far from my brother Barry with whom you have been in touch. My granfather settled in London when he left Poland, or Ukraine before first world war. I will be in touch...Hello, Zbaraz is where my grandfather was born. Wilhelm Winkleman, know as William Winkleman. This is very interesting. I am contacting my brother Barry,

from Sally



Zbaraż 1.) a county seat in eastern Galicia, located between 49° 37' and 49° 42' longitude and 43° 25' and 43° 31' latitude from Ferro. The Gniezna [river] flows past the city, it is a tributary of the Sereth [river]. In river valley lies municipal buildings, on the northwest, from them, lies the Załuże suburb, on southeast lies the Przegrod suburb, and on the north lies the Tarnopol suburb. In the year 1890, there were 8,785 inhabitants (2,992 Roman–Catholics, 2,161 Greek-Catholics, 3,632 Jews; 2,225 Ruthenians, 6,532 Polish, 13 Germans)...By the year 1434, Zbaraż belonged to the Ukrainian prince Fedki Nieświcki...Zbaraż was burnt by the Tatars in the year 1474...Ulryk Werdum, traveling in Poland during the years 1670 to 1672, writes: "Zbaraż is a city with the title of a duchy and belongs to prince Demetrius Wiśniowiecki. New Zbaraż lies in plain near a great forest; Old Zbaraż on the mountain, about a short half mila [18] from that. This beautiful kasztel [castle] is built high from white stones. New Zbaraż meanwhile was ravaged at the beginning of the Cossack's rebellion. Nothing of it remains except great ruins, which still shine fresh with great whiteness" (Liske, Foreigners in Poland, page 158). The castle experienced in the year 1675 its second memorable catastrophe (August 2nd), when it was captured by Turks under Abraham Szyszman "so it could not badly as never more badly be", wrote Sobieski to his wife. "Was in him station of service men about full, the remainder of peasantry the great force, almost all there part of the Volhynian country, nearly five thousand. So these peasants then complain what will happen to their cottages, they desired and to protect the city. The enemy attacked the city strongly and set it on fire. Those who survived the fire escaped to castle, but Turks from the Horde separated them in half from castle and with them together with until under alone they came gate. After they had executed two assaults, other peasants, who were in the castle, revolted and began to hang out the white flag, hoping, that they [the Turks] would be lenient when they surrendered. Having seen all this, captain generał lord Kącki, a Desotel, Frenchman from Pikard, orders about 60 Hungarian dragoons, apart from the soldiers, that he does not want to allow them this, wanting defend themselves. So the peasants rushed themselves on the commanding officer, and convinced it would remove the enemy they unlocked the castle voluntarily, in which was 30 cannon. On that the Turks not respecting all wyścinali, destroyed it [the castle] with powder and burnt the city. What became of the several hundred men of the prime white sex and youth, all went into captivity (Letters of Jan Sobieski, published by A. Helca, page 268). Prince Demetrius Wiśniowiecki rebuilt the castle anew and so he and his successors kept it in a state of defence. The castle held out thanks to this during the siege in the year 1734 (father S. Barącz, "Memoir of Histories of Poland", L’vov, 1885, page 263). After the death of the last prince, Michała Wiśniowiecki, the voivode of Wileń (died 1774), Zbaraż [castle] passed together with the estate into the house of Potocki after long legal disputes. He kept it together to the beginning of present century. Around the year 1833, a sugar factory was installed which after several years went bankrupt (see "Changes", L’vov, 1833, Number 14)...

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