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Oral history interview with Jan Michalak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.78 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0078

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Jan Michalak, born on July 26, 1919 in Siedlce, Poland, describes seeing Jews being forced to carry heavy logs (telephone posts) and beaten; Jews being forced to wear the Star of David patch; the burning of the synagogue; liquidation of the ghetto; seeing the German officer Fabish pointing out Jews to be shot by the Latvian guards; witnessing the massacre of Jews who were converts to Christianity at the Jewish cemetery; joining the Polish Workers Party (Polska Partia Robotnicza; PPR) and travelling to Warsaw, Poland to bring underground pamphlets to Siedlce and Kaluszyn; driving Julian Grobelny, who was the leader of the żegota (an organization for helping Jews); and other organizations involved in the resistance.

Interviewee
Jan Michalak
Date
1999 July 08  (interview)
Language
Polish
Extent
2 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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