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Oral history interview with Teofil (Stefan) Kosinski

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0355

Teofil (Stefan) Kosinski, born on January 1, 1925 in Toruń, Poland, describes growing up in a poor Roman Catholic family; not being able to attend gymnasium because Poles could not go to school once the war started; his father’s decision to join the Polish Army in September 1939; fleeing with his mother and siblings to a nearby village, where they stayed for two months until they returned to Toruń; being treated as second-class citizens under the Germans; working at the age of 14 to make money for his family and avoid being sent to a labor camp; beginning a relationship with an Austrian soldier; reporting to the Gestapo on September 19, 1942 because he had sent a letter professing his love to the soldier; being interrogated, beaten, and sent to prison for his homosexuality; his sentence to five years in prison on December 5, 1942 for demoralizing the German military; his transport to the forced labor camp Koronowo; going through several camps until he was able to escape with three other prisoners to the British occupation zone in Munich; receiving a displaced persons card and returning to Poland; and writing a book titled “Damned Strong Love,” which tells of his wartime experiences and suffering.

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Kosinski, Teofil
Müller, Klaus
interview:  1995 November 08
Oral histories.
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:25
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