The Family Crest

(Published 2000)

Under Solyman, 1520 - 1566, the Ottoman Empire reached its greatest extent. Solyman won most of Hungary on the bloody battlefields of Mohacs in 1526 and then marched to Vienna in 1529. All Europe rejoiced when Vienna withstood his siege. Solyman's navy consisting of a bunch of pirates defeated the combined forces of Spain, Venice and the Pope and brought into the Ottoman Empire Algiers, Oran and Tripoli in North Africa. This was a time in history when most people were born either under the sign of the cross or the sign of the golden half moon. About a century later, in the summer of 1683, a 200 000 men strong Ottoman army under the command of the Sultan Kara Mustafa, begun the siege of the City of Vienna once again. King Johann III Sobieski of Poland came to the rescue of Vienna. He had assembled a 65 000 men strong army, consisting of soldiers from the House of Habsburg, Saxonia , Bavaria and Poland.

History has it, that several men from the old noble families from around the Borzyszkowy area went to serve under King Johann III Sobieski to defeat the Ottoman army in 1683. The City of Vienna was once again saved. Since that decisive defeat of the Ottoman army in 1683, many of the old noble families incorporated the golden half moon and golden stars into their family crest, to signify and to remember the defeat of the once mighty Ottoman army.

After the defeat in 1683 the Ottman Empire tried again in several smaller battles to gain control of central Europe, but did not succeed. The peace treaty of Karlowitz in 1699 ended the attempt of the " Golden Half Moon and Star " to conquer central Europe.