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Oral history interview with Wallace A. Witkowski

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0254

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Wallace A. Witkowski, born on January 12, 1928 in Kielce, Poland, describes his family; not seeing his father much when he was a child because he had a job in another town; attending his village school until 1937 when his family moved to Boleslawiec; the Russian invasion of Boleslawiec on September 1, 1939 and having to learn Russian; the Germans taking the place of the Russians in June 1941; the pogroms that had been occurring in Boleslawiec; returning to Kielce in December 1941 and remaining there until 1944; his mother working in a factory and then a food store to support the family, who endured harsh policies like having to wear the Star of David armband; the growth of the underground movement and joining a nearby unit; his liberation by Russian forces around January 10, 1945; civic organizations and church authorities encouraging people to point out perpetrators; reuniting with his father and mother and immigrating to the United States in 1958; settling within the Polish-American community in Detroit, MI; and working with the U.S. government in a claims settlement case for Holocaust survivors.

Interviewee
Mr. Wallace A. Witkowski
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1990 September 13  (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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