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Oral history interview with Waclaw Kolodziejek

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0113.7 | RG Number: RG-50.059.0007

Wacław Kołodziejek, a Polish Catholic born in Wola Korycka, Poland, discusses his move to Warsaw, Poland in 1935; his family's good relations with the local Jewish families; overhearing a conversation in a Warsaw park between a Jewish woman who told a Polish woman that the Jews have the big houses and the Poles have the streets, and being upset by this conversation; the German occupation of Poland; working as a messenger in 1940; watching the Germans clear a street that they had bombed; being picked up by the Germans and taken to Auschwitz; seeing the crematorium in Auschwitz; being brutally treated at Auschwitz, and suffering from broken eardrums and a dislocation of his shoulder; escaping selection because he was sent to the hospital with a fever; being experimented on by an SS doctor; an operation that was done on his brain; being sent to Birkenau where he was tattooed on his chest; mending socks at Birkenau; being sent to Mauthausen Gusen; working in construction and in the building of Messerschmitt products; liberation in 1945; spending time in a US Army hospital; and immigrating to the United States in 1947.


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Interviewee
Waclaw Kolodziejek
Interviewer
Bozenna M. Urbanowicz-Gilbride
Date
interview:  1994 August 05
Language
English
Polish
German
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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