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Oral history interview with Teofil (Stefan) Kosinski

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0355

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    Oral history interview with Teofil (Stefan) Kosinski


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Teofil Kosinski
    Klaus Müller
    interview:  1995 November 08

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Kosinski, Teofil, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch transferred the interview with Teofil (Stefan) Kosinski to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on November 8, 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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