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Oral history interview with Stefan Czyzewski

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

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    Oral history interview with Stefan Czyzewski


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Stefan Czyzewski
    Katie Davis
    interview:  1998 September 24
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    5 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Czyzewski, Stefan, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    Katie Davis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Stefan Czyzewski on September 14, 1998.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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