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Oral history interview with Czeslaw Mordowicz

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0354

Czeslaw Mordowicz, born in 1919 in Mława, Poland, describes growing up as the son of a Jewish grain merchant; graduating the Polish Gimnazjum in 1939; being unable to afford the university but making a living tutoring younger students; escaping with his family on a horse-drawn wagon once the war began; arriving in Warsaw only to discover it was destroyed; his family's return to Mława by foot; traveling to Płońsk by himself and living with another Jewish family; becoming a trusted manager for a German who produced fine furniture in the town; the creation and liquidation of the Płońsk ghetto in December 1942; his deportation to Auschwitz, where he found his father and discovered that his mother and sister had been gassed; the death of his father; his experiences with hunger and cold in the camp; details on the escapes of Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz; escaping from Auschwitz; traveling over the Tatra Mountains and reaching Slovakia in June of 1944; telling the story of Auschwitz to a papal nuncio, who, after returning to Rome, publicized a report of the Nazi atrocities; his arrest and return to Auschwitz; escaping the camp disguised as a Slovak worker being shipped to Germany for forced labor; living in Slovakia and Israel after the war; and immigrating to Toronto, Canada, where he now lives with his daughter.


Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Interviewee
Czeslaw Mordowicz
Interviewer
Mr. Jacek Nowakowski
Date
interview:  1995 October 24
interview:  1996 October 30
Language
Polish
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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