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Oral history interview with Teresa Prekerowa

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1280.9 | RG Number: RG-50.225.0009

Teresa Prekerowa, a non-Jew born in 1921 in Zapusty, Poland, describes her family's estate; attending a convent boarding school in Warsaw; not having any social contact with Jews; the German invasion; the expropriation of their estate; moving to Warsaw; befriending a Jewish woman; ghettoization in October 1940; secretly visiting her friend in the ghetto; smuggling in food and medicine; persuading her friend to leave the ghetto; smuggling her out using another friend's document; finding housing and jobs for her; finding a Jewish child in the street; hiding her in a convent; hiding a Jewish man, her brother's underground (Armia Krajowa) colleague, in her home in Skolimów (Konstancin-Jeziorna); her brother's execution for underground activities; the Polish underground groups, especially Armia Krajowa, helping Jews; various Polish attitudes toward the Nazi treatment of Jews; Polish collaborators; Poles who helped Jews, risking the death penalty; media reporting of Jewish suffering; limited knowledge of the extermination camps during the war; Jewish fighters in the underground; the ghetto uprising in 1943; the Warsaw uprising in 1944; specific crimes of some Polish underground members; Polish-Jewish relations; and the moral implications of choices people made during the war.


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Interviewee
Ms. Teresa Prekerowa
Interviewer
Anka Grupińska
Date
interview:  1994 July
Language
Polish
Extent
6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:48:46
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