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Oral history interview with Czeslaw Mordowicz

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0354

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

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.

Interviewee
Czeslaw Mordowicz
Interviewer
Mr. Jacek Nowakowski
Date
1995 October 24  (interview)
1996 October 30  (interview)
Language
Polish
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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