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Oral history interview with Henryka Kuzak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.81 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0081

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Kuzak, Helena, born June 15, 1928 in Wegrów, Poland, describes her experiences as a non-Jewish witness during the war in Poland; her Jewish classmate, Cholandówna, who may have survived the war in Italy; her Jewish neighbor Szatensztajn, who was a member of the city council; her Jewish neighbors Klain, Biderman, and Szlamina Dyśkowa; her young Jewish friend Smola, who she saw in the march during the liquidation of the ghetto; Zosia, a Jewish girl saved by Mrs. Ruszkowska; Mrs. Piątkowska, who was killed by the Germans for hiding a Jewish family in a bunker (the Jewish family in hiding was also killed); Neuman, who was the German commander in Wegrow; being present during the liquidation of the ghetto and witnessing an elderly Jew being shot for walking too slow and seeing a German soldier bayonet a small Jewish child; how after the liquidation of the ghetto the Germans lured Jews who escaped during the liquidation to return to town with the promise of work and mostly young Jews returned; another liquidation in the summer of 1943 when the Germans attempted to remove Jews who lived in one building and the Jews resisted, using weapons and grenades; and the burning of the building and the murder of everyone still inside.

Interviewee
Henryka Kuzak
Date
1999 July 08  (interview)
Language
Polish
Extent
1 videocasette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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