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Oral history interview with Włodzimierz Dackiewicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.51 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0051

Włodzimierz Dackiewicz, born in Białowieża, Poland in 1930, discusses his family history; his mother’s adoption as a child by a Jewish family; the fate of her adopted family during the war; ethnic relations during the interwar period; conditions under the Soviet occupation; the arrival of German forces; German forces inciting ethnic tensions; Hermann Goring’s visit to Białowieża; his father’s arrest; his mother’s job as a translator for German forces; the execution of political prisoners; witnessing the arrest of the town’s Jewish community by Ukrainian and German forces; Jewish forced labor; witnessing the burning of members of the Jewish community in a barn; the formation of a ghetto in a nearby town; sexual assault; a mass killing of Jewish people; public hangings; a mass execution of Christian villagers on Orthodox Christmas day; torture; hiding a Jewish woman for two weeks; the end of the war; and the tearing down of the synagogue after the war.

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Wlodzimierz Dackiewicz
interview:  1998 November 10
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:39
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