Oral history interview with Sam Bronkesh
Sam Bronkesh discusses his early life in Ryki, Poland; prewar relations with Poles; the social and political atmosphere of prewar Ryki; daily life in Ryki including religion, commerce, sports, and politics; the German invasion of Poland; family members who were sent to local concentration camps; how he escaped from a concentration camp into the surrounding forest; how he helped his three brothers and others escape from a concentration camp; the daily life of partisans in the forest, including food, housing, and medical care; relations among Jewish, Polish, and Russian partisans; how the partisans took in people who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto; how his partisan unit fought the Nazis; his post-war job as a police officer in Lublin, Poland; how he met and married his wife; his family’s immigration to Germany and the United States; working in the United States after the war; his experiences with unions; his postwar adjustment to daily life; and his feelings about his Polish identity.
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