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Oral history interview with Tadeusz Marchaj

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

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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.

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