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Oral history interview with Edmund Potok

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.315 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0538

Edmund Potok, born March 6, 1929, discusses being from a traditional and wealthy family; attending a private school in Katowice; speaking Polish at home; going to Warsaw with his family, and then to Otwock with 42 other family members; Russian soldiers confiscating his family’s truck and sending the family to L'viv, Ukraine; the NKVD coming, registering them, and taking his family to Russia in 1940; taking a train to Krasnoye in the Urals; his father’s job as an engineer; attending school where he learned Russian; Russia joining the war against Germany; being evacuated to Tashkent and to Djabad Abad where his father worked as an engineer; staying there until April 1946, when they were able to go back to Katowice; getting their apartment and their belongings back from those who were occupying it; graduating from the Russian-language high school; starting to work; all 42 family members coming back from Russia; attending university in Kraków; marrying and moving to Huta, Poland; and eventually moving to Sweden.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Edmund Potok
Ms. Teresa A. Pollin
interview:  2009 March 09
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:17
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