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Oral history interview with Jan Nowak

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

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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.

Interviewee
Jan Nowak
Date
1996 September 18  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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