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Oral history interview with Tadeusz Marchaj

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0214 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0393

Tadeusz Marchaj, born on December 12, 1924, in Kielce, Poland, describes his life growing up; the Nazi occupation of Poland when he was a high school student; his involvement in the underground with Szare Szeregi (Gray Troops), a scouting organization; working with Szare Szeregi on preparing military education programs, procuring weapons, distributing publications, and sabotaging German military activities; assisting the Home Army in the Warsaw Polish Uprising on August 1, 1944; the capture of his troops by German police on August 23; his troops’ deportation to the transit camp in Pruszków, Poland and then to Stutthof; claiming he was a draftsman and then being transported to Dziemiany, a sub-camp of Stutthof; working on drawings for various constructions being erected on the grounds; being allowed to receive mail and to leave the camp with permission; losing any privileges on November 23, 1944 when his troop became classified as political prisoners; the camp's evacuation to Pelplin, Poland, where they were forced to clear the roads and dig anti-tank ditches; and going to Gdansk, Poland, where he hid in the woods until the German Army capitulated on May 9, 1945.


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Interviewee
Mr. Tadeusz J. Marchaj
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
interview:  1998 September 21
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
7 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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