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Oral history interview with Wallace Witkowski

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

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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
1998 September 01  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (74 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-05-09 09:26:26
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