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Stanisław Maciejewski collection

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    Stanisław Maciejewski collection consists of records relating to activities of the Association of Polish Former Political Prisoners of Prisons and Concentration Camps in Germany. These records include prisoner questionnaires containing comprehensive bibliographical information about the prisoners and prospective association members as well as photographs, fingerprints, and Verification Commission notes. The collection also contains correspondence, medical and compensation records, Maciejewski family documents, newspaper clippings, and publications relating to various concentration camp museums and memorials.

    Of note, the most frequently cited reasons for political incarceration were participation in the Warsaw Uprising, work sabotage, being a Polish priest or university professor, issuing of false birth certificates, membership in the Armia Krajowa (Home Army), helping partisans, and distributing underground leaflets and publications. Also incarcerated by the Gestapo were people arrested during routine round-ups or as retaliation for Polish partisan attacks against Germans.
    inclusive:  1946-1981
    bulk:  1946-1949
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum collection, gift of Michael Maciejewski
    Collection Creator
    Stanislaw Maciejewski
    Stanisław Maciejewski was born in Smagów, Poland, in Apr. 1919. He was arrested by the Gestapo during the Warsaw Uprising on Aug. 12, 1944, and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp, where he was registered as prisoner number 73207. He was subsequently transferred to Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp and its subcamps Errlich, Harzugen, and Vido, where as a slave laborer, he worked to produce V-1 and V-2 rockets. After liberation, he was interned in Displaced Persons Camp #63 in Braunschweig, Germany. He became an active member of the Association of Polish Former Political Prisoners of Prisons and Concentration Camps in Germany and on Sept. 10, 1948, assumed chairmanship of the Association's Verification Commission, the duty of which was to verify that new members had actually been political prisoners. Maciejewski immigrated to the United States on Oct. 5, 1949, and settled in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He worked in various factories until 1969 when, as a result of an accident, he became an invalid. He became a United States citizen in1968. Maciejewski was active in the Polish St. Michael the Archangel Society and served as Secretary of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. He died in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1985. The Association of Polish Former Political Prisoners of Prisons and Concentration Camps was founded in 1946 in a Polish displaced persons camp in the British Zone of Occupation of Germany. On Feb. 24, 1947, German authorities issued an order dissolving the Association, however, after numerous appeals it was allowed to continue. In Dec. 1947, at a convention in Göttingen, Germany, the Association had branches in Meppen, Osnabrück, Braunschweig, Göttingen, and Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany. Its official publication was Szlak (The Trail)

    Physical Details

    Polish English German
    9 boxes
    System of Arrangement
    The Stanisław Maciejewski collection is arranged in eight series.
    Series 1: Maciejewski family documents, 1928-1971, undated
    Series 2: Correspondence, 1947-1983
    Series 3: Medical and compensation records, 1945-1984, undated
    Series 4: Financial records, 1960-1983
    Series 5: Polish Association of Former Political Prisoners (PAFPP) and Concentration Camp Records, 1945-1949, undated
    Series 6: Questionnaires and Protocols - Forms
    Series 7: Newspaper clippings, 1963-1982, undated
    Series 8: Newspapers, Newsletters, and Book of Prisoner’s Memories, 1948-1949, 1980, undated
    Series 9: Miscellaneous documents, circa 1960s-1970s
    Series 10: Photographs, undated

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    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Michael Maciejewski donated the Stanisław Maciejewski collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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