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Oral history interview with Steven Galezewski

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0419 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0377

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    Oral history interview with Steven Galezewski


    Interview Summary
    Steven Galezewski, born on May 11, 1923 in Inowroclaw, Poland, describes his childhood; joining the Polish underground in Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland; recalling that, in 1940, the Nazis ordered all the Jews to wear an armband with the Star of David; the relocation of his community into the Mińsk ghetto at the end of 1940; the liquidation of the ghetto on August 21, 1942 and the survival of only 282 tradesmen who were still useful to the Nazi war effort; participating in underground activities, which included blowing up buildings or means of transportation; his resistance unit being sent under Soviet command; being stationed in Lublin, Poland; providing security for the public hanging of five SS officers in Majdanek in 1944; remaining in Soviet hands from March to July 1945; being perceived by the Soviet Union as a potentially subversive element supporting the Polish government-in-exile and then receiving a prison sentence from the Soviets; his transport to Siberia, where Polish guerrillas freed him; escaping into the American zone; joining the Polish Army in Italy but returning from Italy in 1947 and joining the British Army; immigrating to the United States in February 1951; and joining the US Army in 1956.
    Steven Galezewski
    Randy M. Goldman
    interview:  1996 July 26

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

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    Randy Goldman, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Steven Galezewski on July 26, 1996. This interview is one of 51 oral histories included in the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance.
    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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