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Oral history interview with Wallace Witkowski

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0187 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0108

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    Oral history interview with Wallace Witkowski

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Wallace A. Witkowski, born January 12, 1928 in Kielce, Poland, discusses his escape from Poland on a ship to Goteborg, Sweden in 1948; going to the United States; how his sister was caught by the communists and imprisoned; his struggle to find his father who had immigrated to the United States earlier; settling in Detroit, Michigan and adjusting to American life; how his mother and sister arrived in the U.S. later; attending high school and then Wayne State University; getting married in 1951; working as a radio disc jockey using the on-air name Jan Alexander; earning a law degree; working in Washington, DC and traveling between the United States and Poland; working for the Federal Trade Commission; living and working in Micronesia; his thoughts on religion and how the Holocaust affected him; his identity as a Catholic; his work as a translator; and his work with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
    Interviewee
    Mr. Wallace A. Witkowski
    Interviewer
    Margaret Garrett
    Date
    interview:  1998 September 01

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    1 sound cassette (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Margaret Garrett, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Wallace Witkowski on September 1, 1998.
    Funding Note
    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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    2023-11-16 08:12:29
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