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Oral history interview with Leonard Zawacki

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0271

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

Leonard Zawacki, born on January 20, 1916 in Grudziadz, Poland, describes growing up during and after World War I; joining the Polish Army and becoming a non-Jewish prisoner of war after the German invasion; escaping with his cousin from a German prison and working with the underground movement in Warsaw until the Gestapo arrested him in 1940; his transport to Auschwitz on April 4, 1941; posing as a carpenter, making deliveries, and working as a clerk; being active in the underground in Auschwitz and escaping with five other prisoners on September 28, 1944; spending the remainder of the war as a partisan until the Soviet Red Army liberated him; returning to Auschwitz to recover some blueprints of Birkenau from the workshop in which he had worked; traveling to Poland, Italy, and England; and immigrating to the United States in 1951.

Interviewee
Leonard T. Zawacki
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
1994 September 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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