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Oral history interview with Stefan Czyzewski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0195 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0023

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Stefan Czyzewski, born on August 12, 1922 in Leśnogóra, Poland, discusses life in Poland during the war; how he and his father hid Jews in their house throughout the war; training to be a fighter for the resistance in a British camp in Iran; his experiences fighting in the underground resistance as a member of the Narodowe Siły Zbrojne (NSZ); antisemitism within the NSZ; his family’s activities during the war; being sent to a field hospital; recuperating from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in West Germany; daily life in various displaced persons camps, including Aschaffenburg (the Jaeger Kaserne camp); his work as a stenographer for the police and becoming a detective at the Wildflecken displaced persons camp; immigrating to the United States on the ship General Hersey; joining the United States counterintelligence corps; sneaking into East Germany for the United States Counterintelligence Corps; his father’s experiences with communism in Poland; his experiences interrogating suspects; his views on Holocaust perpetrators’ punishments; his religious beliefs; establishing a life in Saint Paul, MN; his feelings about the immigrant experience in the United States; becoming an American citizen; getting married and starting a family; reasons why he has never gone back to Poland; and his work with Mung refugees.

Interviewee
Stefan Czyzewski
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
1998 September 24  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation