What we do in Life, Echos in Eternity
  • What we do in Life, Echos in Eternity
  • Što radimo u životu odzvanja u vječnosti
  • Amit ebben az életben teszünk, az visszhangzik az örökkévalóságban
  • Was wir im Leben tun Echos in der Ewigkeit
  • Ce que nous faisons dans la vie résonne dans l'éternité
  • Lo que hacemos en vida se refleja en la eternidad
  • To, co děláme v životě se ozývá ve věčnosti

Jelena Šubić died c 1378 was a Croatian Kneginja



The castle was first mentioned in the 13th century as a fortress ruled by the Babonićclan. Between 1328 and 1347, it was possessed by the members of Iločki family. In 1347, King Louis I the Great bestowed the fortress to the noble Šubić family who then changed their family name after it, becoming the Zrinski. It remained in their possession until the Ottoman invasion and conquest of the region, which led to the fortress falling to them on 20 October 1577. It wasn't until 1718 that the castle was retaken from the Ottomans.


Among the many notable personalities of the family, there were a few women. Katarina Zrinska (1625–1673), a noted poet, was born in the Frankopan family, and, having married Petar Zrinski, became the member of the Zrinskis. Her daughter, Jelena Zrinska, was the wife of Francis I. Rákóczi, the prince of Transylvania.


Brebiri III. Mladen

Egy majdnem Zrínyi ős nyomában

Nikola Šubić Zrinski

– chorwacki Leonidas, Szigetvár

Nikola Šubić Zrinski Ivana

pl. Zajca, u aranžmanu Tomislava Uhlika


1.       Ostrovica

The fortress was owned by members of the Subic family: Pavao II Subic

                                                                                                                George III Subic

The ruling king Louis Angevin demanded from Subics to hand him over the fortress, for he wanted to use it as a strategic point.  In exchange for it the king granted them the Zrin Castle and surrounding estate, a very distant property to the north of the country, actually in lower Slavonia.

2.       Karlovac   Nikola Subic wedding gift to Katarina Frankopan

3.       Bribir  

Achieved its peak during the period when the members of Subic family ruled over Croatia.  They built a castle here.


The History of Medieval Armor


The term "Medieval" Generally signifies the ten century period spanning the 5th through 16th centuries. And for the most part this is what this look at medieval armor will focus on. But, in order to understand how armor developed over these centuries I will also give you some background information on armor as it leads up to that period.


Factors of Medieval Armor development


Armor changed, evolved and improved over the medieval period and there are a few factors that had a tremendous impact on this evolution.


  • The development of different types, and more effective weapons: Weapons such as swords, spears, daggers and polearms all changed over the centuries, in part to achieve effectiveness against armor. The longbow and crossbow were very effective against varying armor types and new armor had to be developed to counter these weapons. This changing and evolving between weapons and armor were what could be called an arms race - weapons would improve then armor would improve then weapons had to improve and so on.
  • Developments in metal working skills - as we moved out of the bronze age and into the iron age the new ways of working with metals made stronger armor and gave armies technologies to make more effective armor.
  • Changing philosophies and cultures - these things also had a big impact on how armor changed.
  • Gunpowder eventually put an end to armor.


Armor before the Medieval Period


There are two major lines of armor that lead up to the armor in Europe through the Medieval Period. The first line is the classical line that came out of the Mycenaean (Alexander the Great), Greek and Roman traditions. The major materials that armor was made from included Bronze and Iron.


The second line came out of the Celtic and Teutonic people. This is called the Barbarian armor line. The armor made in this line was predominantly leather and mail.


The dominance of Chainmail through most of the medieval period


Ring Mail armor Out of all the various armor types chain mail (also known as ring mail) was the most successful and it lasted the longest. Earliest versions of this type of armor date back to the first century and this mail was in use in different variations all the way through the medieval period and beyond to the 17 th century. It was called chain mail or ring mail because it was made of a series of small rings that were interlocked together. This means of assembly was very effective against slicing and stabbing weapons and normal arrows. It was also very complex to make and a chainmail chest piece (often called a hauberk) could be composed of thousands of these little rings.(The picture shows a knight in complete chainmail with a surcoat over it)


Chain Mail - It was in use in various forms throughout the whole medieval period in a variety of capacities. For many centuries is was very effective. But the brunt of its effectiveness was against slashing weapons. The rings that composed the mail were effective at defeating slashing weapons but were not effective against the brunt force blow of weapons such as hammers and maces.


Want to watch a video on how to make chainmail? I have one on my youtube channel here. How to Make Chainmail?


Over the centuries of the medieval period this deficiency was minimized by added a variety of other materials either under or over the chain mail hauberk. These could be a leather jerkin or padded gambeson under the mail or a coat or plates and a surcoat over the mail. This could get very cumbersome and while adding extra layers of padding and protection could reduce concussive damage it still didn't keep pace with the development of weapons.


In the 13 th century the mail become less and less effective, particularly because of the use of crossbows and better weapons. Armorers moved in the direction of adding various pieces of plate either under the mail or over the mail. These were just parts like chest plates or elbow guards. This was a move toward plate armor.


A development in armor was the coat of plates which lasted roughly through the 14th century.


After 1350 the use of solid breastplates came into more use. They were typically made of a solid plate in the front and a solid plate in the back called a backplate. Iron breastplates appeared as early as 1190.


The Transition to Plate Mail


Mail armor with some plate pieces. The most important development after the common use of the breastplate was the addition of more plate armor on various body parts. These included vambraces over the arms, greaves for the lower legs and various other partial plates for shoulders, elbows and knees. (Drawing shows this transition with full mail armor and the addition of some plate armor on arms and legs)


Eventually these all evolved into the complete set of plate armor that we think of when we think of a knight in armor. In this armor every part of a knight's body was covered with plate armor. And these developments of additional protection also had sub developments. A good example of this is the demi-greaves which covered only the front part of the lower leg. These developed into closed greaves which went all the way around the lower leg.


The 15 th Century as the zenith of Platemail suits of Armor


Plate armor The 15th century was the pinnacle of medieval armor and it all revolved around the knights complete set of plate armor. In the beginning of the century the art and craft of making complete plate armor sets developed into two different schools: The Italian and the German. Toward the end of the 15th century and beginning of the 16th century these two schools diverged into what is considered to be the pinnacle of armor making: The Maximilian.


It is during this century that armor also morphed into three different types of armors - Field armor (for Battle) , Ceremonial armor (for ceremonies and good looks) and jousting armor for the knightly competitions. Each type of armor was specifically designed for its use. Battle armor was designed for maximum mobility with optimal protection, ceremonial armor was made to look great and to impress. It was often detailed with gold and silver. And Jousting armor was designed for the specific requirements of the joust which might include an overly large and strong pauldron to deflect an enemy's lance or special braces to support the weight of one's own lance.


Medieval Helmets - Helmets also underwent many changes during the medieval period and a lot of this was influenced by the ability to work with metal and better understanding of what protected better in combat.


Early helmets were typically flat and they developed toward more round and curved in shape because a curved shape would deflect a blow rather than take the full brunt. And in the latest periods the helmets were multiple pieces riveted together and had moving parts like a visor.


Shields - These also changed as other components of armor and weapons changed. In the early centuries of the medieval period they were large and round. As the centuries progressed the got smaller and triangular in shape. I have more information about medieval shields and how they developed and changed here: The Medieval Shield



Metal Working skills throughout the medieval period


The early armor was made with leather, iron, bronze or other hard materials. Steel was developed but only saw limited use because it was difficult to make and tended to be brittle. In the later centuries techniques were developed so plates of armor had carbon added to just the outer surfaces of them. This created a very hard outer surface yet with the softer inner surface of iron there was still some flexibility.


History of Medieval Armor Timeline


Up to 5th century: Two varying armor types:

Barbarian armor which was mostly leather and chainmail;

and classical armor which was brass and iron

From 5th through the 14 th Chainmail was standard and still lasted in part until the 17th

12th century: various materials were added to supplement the

chainmail chest piece including the gambeson

13th/14th century: the strength and protection of the chainmail was enhanced

by the addition of various plates. The coat of plates was regularly used.

14th century: The plate chest armor was expanded upon by applying plate

to other parts of the body like greaves for the legs and vambraces for the arms.

15th century: The height of Plate mail armor sets with two different schools:

the Italian and the german.

15th century: Plate armor came in three different types by function:

Battle armor, ceremonial armor and tournament armor. Each was specifically designed for its purpose.

end of 15th century: The two schools of armor making merged into what some

consider to be the pinnacle of armor set styles: The Maximillian.



Almost  confirmed back to the 12th century

Originally the name had a letter with 2 dots above it ( ) for Germany and Bohemia  but then later after the fall of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the  had to be changed to "e"  so now the new Family original name is Pletl

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 1454 Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus.

Our Family comes originally from Bohemia, then they swept across  Germany in the 15th century in the form of Royalty, Princess, Princes' Lords and even an Archbishop  of Bruno now in Czechoslovakia  which was in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire


Hans Platl Von Lichtenberg was his name.




of the Lichtenberg clan.  That is not him  below.  It is  your Host. ME!

Leslie Charles Paul Bubik

But you can call me Les

"Royalty is not divine - if your actions are honorable, then you will be royal no matter what cloth you were cut from." 

I just made the picture above for a joke.

About 4 years ago  my Aunt sent me to Bruno, in Czechoslovakia to find something about  out family  but I only found one pc of paper  but it was significant because  our family blood line was dated back to the  15th century before I went and this document proves that our family goes back to the 14 century, but without the hard work  of the Family Library custodian, we would not have a family library. 


                                                           Picture of Agi and Adri


Ludwig II von Lichtenberg, + 1271.

Johann I von Lichtenberg, Lord, + 1315, Md. 1295, Adelfeid von Werdenberg, + 1343, d. of Hugo I von

Below, is the kind of clothes they wore in those days  in the 12th century

 Montfort, Count of Werdenberg


(need to find out What happened here)

In a further certificate purchased in 1272 the town Georgenthal a Arnstädter
One by the mill owners to Siegelsbach situated vineyard.
How extensive must have been the vineyards in and around Arnstadt, tells us that of Dr.
CA Burkhardt edited "document the city of Arnstadt. It will be in a document
14th Century no less than 44 vineyards and fields mentioned. From a

The exact date of his birth is not known, not even the exact year, because in the Middle Ages a person's death date was considered far more important than their birth date, since a memorial mass would be celebrated on the death date.

He was the second son of Ulrich IV of Hanau (born: between 1330 and 1340; died: in September or October 1380) and Countess Elizabeth of Wertheim (1347–1378 ). In the ruling family of Hanau, an explicit primogeniture statue of 1375 stipulated that only the eldest son could inherit the Lordship and even that only he could marry. Reinhard II as second son of Ulrich IV as was destined for a clerical career. He received a suitable education for such a career; in 1387 he was studying at the University of Bologna. In 1390, one of the sons of Ulrich IV, possibly Reinhard II, was enrolled as a student at the university of Heidelberg. The entry in the register does not mention a name, it merely states de Hanaw domicellus.[1][2] Reinhard abandoned his spiritual career in 1391, and closed a contract with his elder brother Ulrich V, which guaranteed him an annual income. The background was probably that Ulrich V's marriage was still childless and they wanted to preserve the possibility that Reinhard might succeed Ulrich V. The contract awarded Reinhard an annual sum of 400 florins and a share in the districts Partenstein,Rieneck, Bieber and Haßlau. This was the first generation in the history of the Hanau family where the younger sons did not join the clergy. In 1398, the contract was renewed, and Ulrich and Reinhard's younger brother John of Hanau was also awarded a persion, after a dispute with John had led to actual fighting.

other document showing that in 
1387 the Lord Lichtenberg and the other lords of Arnstadt including

 the  tried,
to transform the city and surrounding area in a single vineyard.
In 1496 the vineyards located in Arnstadt and field were the following
Men Spent:
.. Hans von Lichtenberg = 14 acres vineyard and a field outside
the Erfurt Goal
.. Iring of Witzleben = 8 acres Weingarten
.. Hot and Kurt von Rottleben = 4 acres of wine wax
.. Friedrich, Klaus, and Kurt von Witzleben = 3 acres Weingarten
.. Heinrich Acker wine from the court = 1 wax
In addition a large number of vineyards were in the size of a half acre, the scattered
were in the large estates and most property wealthy citizens Arnstädter\

Reihard's grave stone in the St. Mary's Church in Hanau
Spouse(s) Catherine of Nassau-Beilstein
Noble family House of Hanau
Father Ulrich IV, Lord of Hanau
Mother Elizabeth of Wertheim
Born c. 1369
Died 26 June 1451


  • Name: Count Reinhard II of Hanau
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1370
  • Death: 26 JUN 1451 in Hanau


    Father: Count Ulrich IV of Hanau b: 1335 
    Mother: Princess Elisabeth of Wertheim b: 1343

    Marriage 1 Princess Katharina of Nassau-Beilstein b: 1370


    1. Has No Children Count August of Hanau b: 1399
    2. Has No Children Princess Katharina of Hanau b: 21 JAN 1407/08
    3. Has No Children Princess Anna of Hanau b: 15 JUN 1409
    4. Has No Children Princess Margareta of Hanau b: 1411
    5. Has Children Count Reinhard III of Hanau-Münzenberg b: 22 APR 1412
    6. Has Children Princess Elisabeth of Hanau b: 1416
    7. Has Children Count Philipp I of Hanau-Babenhausen b: 8 MAY 1417

  • Name: Count Philipp I of Hanau-Babenhausen
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 MAY 1417
  • Death: 10 MAY 1480 in Langweiler


    Father: Count Reinhard II of Hanau b: 1370 
    Mother: Princess Katharina of Nassau-Beilstein b: 1370


    1462 Wedding


  • Name: Count Philipp II of Hanau-Babenhausen
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 MAY 1462
  • Death: 22 AUG 1505


    Father: Count Philipp I of Hanau-Babenhausen b: 8 MAY 1417 
    Mother: Princess Anna of Lichtenberg b: 25 OCT 1442



      Johann Reinhard III,

    Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg


  • Philipp II, Graf von Hanau-Lichtenberg, Herr zu Babenhausen, Buchweiler, & Neuweiler1,2

    After the death of his father raised his younger brother Louis claims to the rule. The primogeniture was indeed in the Hanauer family statutes since the 14th Anchored century, the general law of succession , but spoke for a country subdivision. Through the mediation of Count Philipp I of Hanau-Münzenberg it came within a short time reached a settlement and Louis renounced his claim. Shortly thereafter, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and died here in 1484 on the return journey.

    Philip II ruled at first in close imitation of the Palatinate , the lord of parts of the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg was. Philip II supported Elector Philip of the Palatinate, at the siege of the castle Hohengeroldseck .

    Cooperation, but also was armed with the intermarried home Zweibrücken-Bitsch , since a significant portion of the rule Lichtenberg was at first ruled jointly. It was not until 1487 there was a confrontation between two of the Lichtenberger heritage. Together went Count Philipp II and Count Simon IV alarm of Zweibrücken-Bitsch against themistress of her late father, Jakob Lichtenberg , Bärbel of Ottensheim ago: After the death of Jacob von Lichtenberg 1480 she was accused of witchcraft in the town ofHagenau incarcerated. The two used to the city council for a death sentence . Presumably it was to go to the fortune of the Barbel Ottensheim. Another possibility is that the tense situation in order in advance of the peasants' war should be brought a "scapegoat" to the subjects, as the mistress had had far-reaching influence on the government and was said to be hated by the people. Before it came to a verdict, Bärbel died in prison - the cause remained unclear.

    With Kurmainz there was a lengthy discussion regarding the Mainz fief, which was finally settled to the effect that Philip II, the city Klingenberg ceded to Mainz, but half ofBrumath received as a fief.

    He participated in various diets, the main point of the danger of a Turkish invasion in Central Europe.

    In Landshut war of succession between 1503-1505 of the Palatinate and Bavaria remained neutral Philip, but his son and designated successor, Philip III. of Hanau-Lichtenberg, who was involved on the part of the Palatinate. Landgraf Wilhelm of Hesse by the German king Maximilian I. with the execution of the imperial ban against thebreakers of the peace commissioned classified Palatinate and its allies. The rural area of the Office Babenhausen was already destroyed, before it succeeded Philip II, with the help of Maximilian I, and the fact that Babenhausen as a Bohemian fief belonged to the Habsburgs indirectly, halting the campaign against their own possessions. The fact that his son was fighting on the "wrong" side expecting him not to Maximilian. Philip Babenhausen residence was spared so at least. She received in 1503 by Maximilian I. the privilege to be allowed to hold an annual fair - the Nicholas Market.


    M, b. 31 May 1462, d. 22 August 1504
    Drawing by Karl Gruber of the grave monument of Count Philip Louis I of Hanau-Münzenberg, that was destroyed during World War II
    Spouse(s) Countess Magdalena of Waldeck
    Noble family House of Hanau
    Father Philip III, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg
    Mother Countess Palatine Helena of Simmern
    Born 21 November 1533
    Died 4 February 1580 (aged 46)
    Burial St. Mary's Church in Hanau


    All the way back to the 14th century

    Den ganzen Weg zurück bis ins 14. Jahrhundert
    Egész úton vissza a 14. században

    Some of the clothing they wore

    Einige der Kleidung trugen sie

    Néhány ruhát hordtak

    They were mostly cardinals and there was a bishop  around 1411 in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.


    1573 Jorge  Christoph (pronouced christoff)   Platl

    Christopher Platl. Jaime Reis. Juan Rial. David Ringrose. Felipe Ruiz Martín ...... Parece que, de 1562 a 1573, Torregrosa no estuvo ocupado al servicio

    There is some reference that one of the Princes of Hanabau married A PRINCE Phillip of Spain   in 1573 to 1574

    But I loose the trail after that.  When I  went to Spain in 2011, I  could not pick up the trail  so she she marry him or not, it is not clear.  And If anyone has information about this, please email me at

    Below are some period coins of the time.






    1641 1642 1643 1644 1645 1646 1647 1648 1649 1650


    political events
    human rights, social justice


    political events that occurred in ENGLAND around the same time in History as our family was  around in Europe.  OUR FAMILY WAS NOT IN ENGLAND AND DID NOT MARRY INTO ENGLISH ROYALTY SO AS FAR AS I KNOW.

    William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, is beheaded at London January 10 at age 71, having been tried by the House of Commons and found guilty of high treason. Puritan William Prynne has led the attack against the diminutive and small-minded prelate, who has been held prisoner in the Tower of London since 1641.

    James Graham, marquis of Montrose, takes the marquis of Argyll by surprise at Inverlochy north of Fort William February 2 and routs his 3,000-man army (see 1644). Montrose has only 1,500 men, but they leave about 1,700 enemy killed or wounded and proceed to lay waste Moray and Aberdeenshire, elude an army led by William Bailie of Letham at Brechin, capture and pillage Dundee, escape into the Grampian hills, defeat one of Bailie's lieutenants at Auldearn near Nairn, and rout Bailie himself at Altford.

    Sir Thomas Fairfax, now 33, is appointed commander in chief of a New Model Army in February and works to organize and train an effective fighting force as England's Civil War continues. Oliver Cromwell has taken steps to create a Parliamentary army whose commanding officers owe their appointments to abillty rather than social standing, he has outfitted them with red uniforms (red is the cheapest dye available), and by spring these first "redcoats" have polished their skills in weapon handling.

    A Self-Denying Ordinance passed by the House of Lords in April discharges members of Parliament from any obligation to hold civil or military commands. William Fiennes, 1st viscount Saye and Sele, has been chiefly responsible for the measure's passage. Charles I sends his son and namesake to the west country, whence the youth escapes to France and rejoins his mother.

    Parliamentary army lieutenant colonel John Lilburne resigns his commission in April rather than subscribe to the Solemn League and Covenant with Scotland, which commits Parliament to reform the Church of England along Presbyterian lines (see religion, 1640). Commissioned a captain in Cromwell's army when hostilities began 3 years ago, Lilburne was taken prisoner at Brentford in November 1642, nearly tried for treason, but exchanged for a Royalist prisoner. He criticizes Parliament and its army for not supporting the radical demands of the Leveller movement—transfer of sovereignty to the House of Commons, suffrage for all men whether or not they own property, complete equality before the law,decentralization of government to local communities, a redistribution of parliamentary seats, annual or biennial parliamentary sessions to give ordinary citizens representation, an end toconscription and impressment, reopening of enclosed land, and the like. Arrested and sent once again to prison, Lilburne will remain under confinement with few interruptions until August 1647 (see 1647).

    Prince Rupert captures Leicester in May, but the Battle of Naseby in Northamptonshire June 14 ends in a decisive defeat of Charles I's English Cavaliers at the hands of Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads in a triumph for the English middle class and merchants, who are supported by many of the country's great noblemen in the continuing Civil War. Prince Rupert's 4,000 infantrymen and 5,000 cavalry are outnumbered by the Parliamentarians, whose New Model Army consists of 7,000 infantry and 6,000 cavalry. Some 6,000 of Charles's men are killed, wounded, or taken prisoner; the Roundheads suffer fewer than 1,000 casualties and capture all 13 Cavalier guns.

    Sir Thomas Fairfax marches his New Model Army to the southwest and defeats the only remaining Royalist army in July at Langport, Somerset.

    The marquis of Montrose marches south in July with 2,000 men, having augmented his numbers. Bailie and the marquis of Argyll follow but are defeated at Kilsyth August 15 and suffer terrible losses (their entire 6,000-man force is killed, wounded, or captured). Montrose's clansmen slip away home with their booty, however, and when Montrose enters the border country with 500 cavalry and 1,000 infantry he is taken by surprise in a dawn attack at Philiphaugh, near Selkirk, September 13 by 6,000 Covenanter troops, mostly cavalry, under the command of General David Leslie, 44, who cut Montrose's Royalist army to pieces (see 1646).

    Prince Rupert surrenders Bristol to the Parliamentarians in September and is dismissed from his command.

    Europe's Thirty Years' War nears its end. Swedish soldiers Lennart Torstensson, 42, and Count Hans Christoph Königsmark repulse an imperial army under General Matthias Gallas, now 61, in January and block efforts by the army to relieve the hard-pressed Danes. They pursue the enemy into Germany, and virtually annihilate Gallas's army at Magdeburg. Torstensson gains a victory over the imperialists at Jankau in Bohemia in March, conquersMoravia with support from the Transylvanian prince George Rákoczi, and advances on Vienna. Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, vicomte de Turenne, 33, is defeated in Franconia but raises a French and Hessian army that invades Bavaria and defeats the Bavarians in the (second) Battle of Nördlingen (Allerheim) August 3. Commanded by the duc d'Enghien, now 24, the French and Hessians have 6,000 infantry, 11,000 cavalry, and 11 guns; the Imperialist/Bavarian army commanded by Field Marshal Baron Franz von Mercy has 5,000 infantry, 9,000 cavalry, and 23 guns; the duc d'Enghien prevails, but he loses 4,000 killed and wounded. Von Mercy is killed, 5,000 of his men are killed or wounded, and 15 of his guns are captured. Plague breaks out in the Swedish army of Count Torstensson as he lays siege to Brunn and he returns to Bohemia.

    The Russian czar Mikhail I Romanov dies at Moscow July 12 at age 49, having founded the dynasty that will continue until 1917; he is succeeded by his son, 16, who will reign until 1676 as Aleksei Mikhailovich.

    Czech Nationalism and Nationhood

    The 19th cent. brought a rebirth of Czech nationalism. Under the leadership of Palacký a Slavic congress assembled at Prague in the Revolution of 1848, but by 1849, although the Czech peasantry had been emancipated, absolute Austrian domination had been forcibly restored. The establishment (1867) of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy thoroughly disappointed the Czech aspirations for wide political autonomy within a federalized Austria. Instead, the Czech lands were relegated to a mere province of the empire. Concessions were made (1879) by the Austrian minister Taaffe; Czechs entered the imperial bureaucracy and parliament at Vienna. However, many Czechs continued to advocate complete separation from the Hapsburg empire.

    Full independence was reached only at the end of World War I under the guidance of T. G.Masaryk. In 1918, Bohemia became the core of the new state of Czechoslovakia. After the Munich Pact of 1938, Czechoslovakia was stripped of the so-called Sudeten area, which was annexed to Germany. In 1939, Bohemia was invaded by German troops and proclaimed part of the German protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

    After World War II the pre-1938 boundaries were restored, and most of the German-speaking population was expelled. In 1948, Bohemia's status as a province was abolished, and it was divided into nine administrative regions. The administrative reorganization of 1960 redivided it into five regions and the city of Prague. In 1969, Bohemia, along with Moravia and Czech Silesia, was incorporated into the Czech Socialist Republic, renamed the Czech Republic in 1990. The Czech Republic became an independent state when Czechoslovakia was dissolved on Jan. 1, 1993


                Achim Platl





    1646 Hans Platl Von Lichtenberg

    was the Archbishop of the Brunn (New Spelling Bruno)

    We are directly related to him though the Platl Family which is our family.

    Thank God our name wasn't Smith or Schmitt.


  you will find lower down

    welcome to my world

    You need to know the person you are interested in

    Where he came from

    What he really is.

    You don't really know  much  and if you want to cling onto someone because you have a few common interests that is ok. But the truth is it would be better to know a lot about each other and then if there is chemistry

    Below is a pictures of my fathers family in the Old country. The Family has been the family of over 600 years.  Our lineage can be traced back to the Crusades.

    If you are here because you are learning about who I am am, then please provide be with some information about you. Where you came from, where you think you are going because all of that is quite interesting to me.  As you go through  this site you will see many interesting things, as I am writing a book about my family from the time they were hiding Jews during WWII and save some 700 families from the axe to You know the movie Schindlers list my Grand fathers List was 20 times longer as he owned  factories and vineyards and all kinds of things. He had people sitting around making up professions and then convincing the Germans not to take them away.     Loosing all their wealth  after the war. Coming to Canada with nothing and starting again.  By the time my grand father came to Canada after loosing every thing twice, Once to the Germans and then again to the Russians, He came he at 66 at $5.00 in his pocket. And when he died at 88, he was a multi-millionaire all over again.  *"Making millions is easy, holding on to them is quite another" * And the rest,  as we say is History.  






    In 1688 Platl  Came to Hungary and there was no such letter will 2 dots above the "a" so they changed the name to Pletl  for the new Hungarian Country

    Pletl Married Rak

    Later Rak married Bubik    1905 I think?

    We are working on this  now



      1717 Married into the Bubik 

    (it is an amazing Library of facts which my aunt runs for the family)

    it is kind o cool to see your family coat or carved carved into stone in some churches in Europe



    More pictures to tell me about dad

    My grandparents, my dad and  my other aunts and uncle

    My Grand Parents Vineyard below

    After loosing everything twice.  Once to The Germans during the  2nd WW  and then again to the Russians.  My grandfather came to Canada A broken man with $5.00 in his pocket  at 65 and when he died at 80, he was a multi-millionaire all over again.  Amazing  And a very hard working and industrious family.



    My mom in 1940

    second from the left and bottom row

    My dad was already interested and during the war when the Germans were taking them away.  My Grandfathers family  The Bubiks  helped my moms family and his them in one of their  houses.  Then another family  showed up and then another and another until , they were hiding them in barns and other properties   My Grand Father saved 760  people from the chopping block  and  Schindlers list was nothing compared to  my Grandfathers list.  I was told that they sat around for hours making  up titles for jobs.  You see the Germans gave free laborers to the Factory owners t make their bullets and tanks.  My grand father  had a few of them   so he was able to same many and because he owned farms and vineyards.  He was able  to feed everyone of them.  I was told when My grand father came to Canada he was a broken man with 5.00 in in pocket at 65  and when he died at 88, he was a multi millionaire again.  Simply  amazing.


    My Grand fathers  brother was the Director of the Berlin Opera house during the second world war and was also involved with the smuggling  of those , who were involved in Hitler's ASSASSINATION attempt. out of the Country.  Bringing them to Argentina.  Why Argentina, I am not sure but  His Name was Arpad  Bubik   and  He was also the director  of a theater in Argentina but it  was never as successful as it  was for him in Berlin.  He was a Hungarian Patriot when Hungary was free.


    One of My Uncles was the find guide.  He took 42 Jews across the Hungarian/Austrian border.   He only talked about the war when he dot really drunk  like at weddings. I always listened to the stories.  He told me  that it would have been better if he stepped on a mine and when I asked why?  He said because  He did not know where the mines where.  WOW . 

    When I was a kid some Hebrew foundation called my house, I was living at 421 Roselawn Avenue in those days.  416 481-4344 and wanted to give an award to my fathers family  for there efforts in the war helping Jews and getting them to safe places


    I accepted the award  and told my dad who was furious. And told me he is not interested in any award.  Later I found out why.  Myfather eventually told me he  does nt want to relive any of it.  My Grand father hid the Jew under  the noses of the Germans. In plain site.

    My family did some pretty dangerous things like take the bombs out of planes that were shot down, they were stripped down and sent to the "underground " to be used against the Germans.  WOW  my dad was nuts.  In those days where were no cell phones when when you went from one place to another  with a gas ration on, they walked and tool their  bicycles.  My one uncle  Imre Bubik. was caught by the Germans and torched so much he went crazy, but he never gave the locations f the save  houses.  He remained crazy till the end of his life, just a few short years ago My mother is also gone

    My Family paid a very heavy price for what they did to help the Jews and it never would have started  if my dad hadn't met my mom.

    This is where the mistake occurred. Because Gas was being rationed , no one had gas for  their vehicles But the Bubik family always had gas. Even towards the end of the war, even the Germans has to ration their gas, because there was not enough to go around,  But  by this time  The Bubik had lots because my dad was pumping the gas out of the planes  that crashed on their lands.  The Germans weren't stupid, they just followed  the trail and eventually busted them all.

    Hiding a Jew was worse than being one, in those days  and I never met my grand mothers and tons of relatives because many were rounded up and shot and they were the lucky ones.  The rest were sent to processing  and labour camps.  My dad was able to escape capture only to be captured by the Russians at the end of the war.  WOW ..  he and my dad found an old spoon and   and the ground was frozen  but they both managed to escape by using the spoor to dig under the fence. If  the Russians has dogs,  they would not have been able  to escape.    My Dad, almost starving to get back to  his land only to find that the Russians were occupying it. 


    My Grand Father lost every thing to the Germans and then the Germans where blowing  things up on their retreat including my Grandfathers factories.   The my fathers family went into the factories to salvage what they could  and were hiding machinery in barns and other places because the Russians were  taking the machines away.  What a story  but all true. 



    Bubik Arpad - 1944 was responsible for getting Germans, involved in the assasination attempt on Hitler, to get them out odf the Country, smuggeling them out of the Country and taking them to Argentina.

    " Dohnányi’s misery", he learned that his son Matthew, who had become a Captain in the Hungarian Army, had died in a Russian concentration camp. Just a few months later, Dohnányi learned that his other son, Hans (father of the famous conductor Christoph von Dohnányi), had been executed by the Nazis for his involvement in Hungary’s 20 July 1944 assassination plot against Hitler. Dohnányi, fearing for his own life, accepted an offer from Árpád Bubik, who had once been his secretary, to escape Europe and move to Buenos Aires, Argentina. "

    Magyar színháztörténet: 1920-1949








    Because everyone lost touch with everyone else after the ware many thought the others has perished.  And that is why my dad did not want to accept the award.  But I will go to Israel to accept it  because  the woman my dad has the "hots" for  and who they got out of the country. One of them was my mother to be.  Her name was Veronica, but everyone called her Vera. 

    She met my dad in Paris after the war and then went to Brazil together where they  met My moms sister.  Edith.  Edith married , John Gati (a holocaust survivor)  in New York. He was A film animator and she was  a head designer  for Givenchy.  When I was a kid I met Mr. Givenchy a fes times Mr. Gucci and all the famous designers, most of whom  where Jewish.   Both are gone not and  They have been survived my their two sons Paul and William   or Bill. 

    Paul Was a great violinist  and William was a great Pianist. I remember as a kid when they both were in Julliard and   has sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall, there in New York.

    There is more  but  I am still filling in the pieces.  You one wants t talk about the war.  Especially those who gave great sacrifices to it.




    my dad was never really in the war.

    My dad had a few Motorcycles.  They were one of his hobbies


    My fathers glider when he was 18 - I had no idea they had such modern things in those days.  I mean look at that thing.  That picture was taken  almost 60 years ago


    My dad  also had a truck and He and his bother would take the plane apart, put it in the truck, drive it to the top  of some really big hill or mountain  on their property, reassemble it, and launch it off some cliff.  OR---------    THEY COULD PULL THE PLANE BEHIND THE TRUCK a with a very long  cable AND LAUNCH IT INTO THE AIR.


     When I was a kid he used to take me gliding. Just outside of Toronto  I eventually  got my  STUDENT license.  iN  THAT CASE i WAS PULLED INTO THE AIR BY ANOTHER PLANE.  IT WAS COOL BUT IT WAS NOT MY THING.


    Pictures of my dad in the old days,  before he met my mom




    My fathers hunting hawk


      I don't understand the attraction, of a Hunting Hawk,  personally.

    But they didn't have internet in those days.  They had to fill of those days with other things.

    My dad having a rest.



    A machine my dad designed  which was part of a conveyer system for my grand fathers factory.




    Here was a picture of him when he realized he would have to leave it all behind. In the old country.

    Just after the war.  They met in Paris  and my moms sister was already making her own clothes

    This was the first Family they hid from the Germans During WWII.  

    In those days there were  Edith on the left and  Vera (Short for Veronica on the right)

    My mom with an old boyfriend


    Here with another one. She was a model  for Vogue in those days  and she was being perused by  many


    My dad was a popular guy with the Ladies too  below





    This house in the country - one of the weekend homes

    Was this where the glider was DAD?  The House staff were standing out in front.



    Below a picture of my mother before I was born

    in St. Paulo in Brazil.

    She died  in  Oct. 12  2005   I will always miss her.

    my mom  I don't know how old she was here






    Then I was born in December 17 1957.

    And then

    My life started


    These were flowers from My fathers Gardenm, when he had people working on that.  he is now 95 years old and he does not care about his garden anymore.  What a shame.



    More pictures to tell me about

    I want to put these in some kind of order










    Dad joking around with his sister Agness and his small brother Emery



    A great  Uncle, my grandfathers  brother went to Berlin  just before the war to direct the Opera house there. He is still remembered when  i WENT  in 2008 to see if I could find out more.


     3  still waiting for info.






    My great grand mother and who are all these girls???






    My grand father on my moms side    Abonyi  who was a stamp collector. 





      my grand mother on my mothers side.




    this is you but when and where were you going



    There was a celebration when the ship passed the equator and they guys put on a show.  It was silly fun. In a day where my dad actually knew what that was.







    Brazil I think




    It was in Brazil ir some other tropical place.













    France I think





    It is a snale they found and not what it actually looks like













    I think you told me that this was a whore house and these where some of the women there.






    more to be scanned


















    has t be brazil



    When on the boat from Paris to Brazil. my dad became friends with the captain and  they showed him how they worked the ship and now they figured out were they were before there was GPS. people navigated by the stars like the Vikings did so many years ago.



    Paris -  dad lived there for  41/2 years  and was a citizen of France.



    Dominican Republic 2006  this was the best thing I ever did.

    mom  about  6 years before she died.


    cool house dad

    My cousin Tris and I 2003 i think


    Will in Belgium, after the war,  he was only allowed to work on a farm or do domestic work, he was really lucky to land a job as a chauffeur for a very Rich Family who had a beer factory.  It was his job to drive the old women around.  They has a Rolls Royce and some other cars.  My dad had lots of fun there but knew he wanted  to work in Engineering for which he was trained so one day  he wanted to get into France   but was unable too because the forged passport he had to get into Belgium was no longer valid.

    So he paid a guy to take him across the boarder and then he was in France. 




    Agnes Bubik now Kormendy




    After a hard day of riding horses, it was time for a rest.



    My dads hunting hawk

    Friends of his from Hungarian school? 49




    My grand mother who I never met



    The house in the country - My question to you dad is, When dis you spend time here?

     And when did you spend time at the house in Balaton and where are the pictures of

    the factory and the house in Budapest and  where did you keep your glider?




    I know that you were fixing of of nagy papaps trucks.  What kind of a truck was it?

    What did it carry?

    How many where there?


    What year was this?




    paris for sure



    You looked cool with that pipe.






    I blew these up as much as I could.  They were very very small.

    I cannot do anything more them them, as they are starting to pixilate

    (get distorted).


    What kinds of bike ids you have,?

    How  fast did you ever go?

    What is the name of the bike?

    How many speeds did they have?

    Where they always black?

    Who fixed them?

    Where did you go with them?





    Me in the Dominican republic.  All inclusive does not mean all inclusive.  Be careful.  But i managed to have a good time anyway.


      1982   68








    My first digital camera I think 1996 talking with a cop and joking around like usual.






    My student license for  my ultra light

    That is not me in there, I am a much heavier guy but, you get the idea of what it is like.  It is simply amazing.

    I also did not design or build this one.

    now back to the


    My cousins, Les, Tris and Lynn

    My cousins and their dog "moggie"  He was a great animal.  If all my cousins animals

    this was my favorite. He was the goofiest dog I ever saw and I didn't even know that my cousin bought it so when I went ov er to his house to rade his fridge, this thing came at me.  It was huge.  And I cancelled an appouintment  so I coukld hand out with Moggies!!  He is  just like a big ginnea pig.  I miscosuins weddings and s that dog.  He was at One of my cousins weddings and  I got to hand out with them all all the other dogs there.  There must have been 25 of them, and they all know each other.  it was really interesting to watch.










    One of the tow trucks my dad designed










    trying t make a tow truck elegant












    I have no idea what this is but I know you designed it.  What is it and what did it do and where was it used.











    some more Hungarian actors but who?


    More to be scanned












    My dad met my mom in Brazil as he was introduced by some guy in a store he went to to get some film for his camera


















    By the time my Grandfather reached Canada, he was a broken man and has only $5.00 in his pocket  at 65  and  at  his death at 85  he was worth millions.









    My Grandfather favored the girls in the family.  He didn't like me much.  I remembered that about him.  I never really understood what he went though, but now I do.























    My dad and cousin Steve now s shrink who lives with his common law bride in  Vancouver.





    Basically  when ,y dad came to Canada he and my mom had to save up 1000 dollars each before they were allowed to come to Canada.   By today's standard that would be about a million each. They scratched and they saved and my dad has a small mechanics shop and they drove a jag. Which was very cool but needed lots of engine work.  Mom was a home maker. After they came to Canada, they had me.












    This was their first Christmas in Canada

















































































    This was went  the  guy in the middle Married one of my dads sisters on the right.  My mom is on the left.









































    This is my dads brother emery,  and  His sister Adri.  They also had a farm where they had animals for the kids to play with

























































































    My only patent.  i am still waiting for my Canadian patent that i filed 12 years ago.

    Yes...they are that slow.















    one of three films i was in with my cousin.  i even had a line line  The film was in 1998

    can called Istallo  where modern Gladiators would battle it out on stage and people could bet on the survivor. i had a lot of fun on that set.








    The late Bubik istvan and his Late father a Chemist who worked with Dr. Rubic in the same lab







































    Paris Then