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Oral history interview with Lech Piekałkiewicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.21 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0021
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Lech Piekalkiewicz, born in Poznań, Poland in 1924, discusses his prewar relationships with Jews; moving to Warsaw, Poland and living with his uncle, Jan Palkiewicz, the deputy Prime Minister of the Polish Underground Government; being arrested along with the rest of his family in 1943 by the Gestapo; being interrogated and tortured in Pawiak prison; witnessing the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising from prison; his uncle’s death from torture; being sent to Auschwitz-Brikenau; conditions in the camp, including food, selections, work, and adaptations people had to make; leading a work commando of Romani; being removed and getting a job cutting grass in camp; witnessing the gassing process; being sent to the concentration camp Neuengamme in Germany; working in a factory in Hanover, Germany; being taken on a forced march to Bergen Belsen; the difficult conditions in Bergen Belsen; and his liberation by the British Army.

Interviewee
Lech Piekałkiewicz
Date
1998 July 04  (interview)
Language
Polish
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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