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Oral history interview with Jan Nowak

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2000.401 | RG Number: RG-50.549.01.0025

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    Oral history interview with Jan Nowak


    Interview Summary
    Jan Nowak Jezioránski (nom de guerre Nowak), born in 1913 in Warsaw, Poland, describes his activity with the Polish underground; being a survivor of the Warsaw uprising and being sent as an emissary by the Polish commander in chief of the underground army to London, with microfilms of the uprising; working with Polish, British, and American authorities; his position with the Polish sector of the BBC in London; being appointed the first director of the Polish service of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany; the reason why he chose a career in radio; visiting Warsaw for the first time after the formation of a non-Communist government; how his experiences in the underground have helped him in later life; arriving in the United States in 1977 and the motivation behind his move; living in the Austrian Alps for two years and writing his book "Courier From Warsaw"; his preference for focusing on the present and future; his views on hatred; being a witness to the Holocaust; receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the King’s Medal for Courage; his impression of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and his faith.
    Jan Nowak
    Dan Collison
    interview:  1996 September 18

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Nowak, Jan, 1913-2005.

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Jan Nowak in Annandale, Va., on September 18, 1996. The interview was transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in February 2001.
    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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