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Oral history interview with Joseph Wardzala

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0245

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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.

Interviewee
Joseph S. Wardzala
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1990 October 23  (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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:10:52
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