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Sketchbook of drawings created postwar by a former Polish soldier, POW, and refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2010.35.1

Notebook of color sketches created by Benedykt Filipiak postwar about his experiences in Poland and Germany during the war and in Germany and the United States after the war. Benedykt, 15, was a Polish Catholic youth attending the Polish Officer Cadet College when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. He went into active service, was captured, and sent to Stalag XIB. He escaped and joined the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa.) as a resistance fighter. From August-October 1944, he fought in the Warsaw Uprising and was captured by the Germans during the failed battle to liberate Warsaw. He was sent to a POW camp near Hannover which was liberated by American forces in late spring 1945. He joined the US Army of Occupation in 1946 and emigrated to the US in 1949.

Date
1949-1954  (creation)
1939-1954  (depiction)
Geography
creation : United States
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Object Type
Sketchbooks (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Filipiak
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:35
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