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Oral history interview with Father Francis Cegielka

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0052

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Father Francis Cegielka, born in 1908 in Grabow, Poznań, Poland, describes his childhood; his ordainment into the priesthood and serving as the Director of the Polish Catholic Mission; helping Jews during the beginning of the German occupation of France by finding Polish families that the Jews could live with temporarily; giving radio sermons denouncing Nazism until his arrest and imprisonment in a Paris prison in October 1940; his transfer to a prison in Berlin, Germany and then to Sachsenhausen and Dachau; secretly helping people with their religious battles while in the camp; taking back his office of Director of the Polish Catholic Mission in April 1945 when he was liberated; trying to purify Polish parishes in France from communist influences; being forced to resign and immigrating to the United States, where he has conducted many retreats; his nomination as an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972 and 1974; and now directing the Infant Jesus Shrine.

Interviewee
Franciszek A. Cegiełka
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1990 October 02  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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