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Oral history interview with Joseph Wardzala

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0245

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Wardzala


    Interview Summary
    Joseph Wardzala, born in Śmigno, Poland on October 11, 1923, discusses growing up in a Roman Catholic family; no longer being able to attend school after the German invasion of Poland in 1939; his older brother joining a partisan group that helped to provide food for Polish Jews in hiding; beginning to help his brother with these activities but getting arrested three times between 1939 and 1941; his transport to a labor camp in Wattenstedt-Salzgitter after his third arrest and working construction for the German Army; remaining at the labor camp for four years until his liberation in April 1945; going to a United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency camp after the war; remaining at the camp for five years while attempting to acquire a visa to the United States; and eventually immigrating to the United States and settling in Connecticut in 1950.
    Joseph S. Wardzala
    Linda G. Kuzmack
    interview:  1990 October 23
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview cannot be used for sale in the Museum Shop. Interview cannot be used by a third party for creation of a work for commercial purposes.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Wardzala, Joseph, 1923-

    Administrative Notes

    Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Joseph Wardzala on October 23, 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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