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Oral history interview with Mary Barys Szul

Oral History | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.25 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0025

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Mary Szul (née Barys), born in 1928, describes being 15 years old and living in a little village in Poland with her mother, brother, and sister at the start of the war; rescuing a total of four people, the first being a widow with two small children, whom they hid in the attic in the summer and in a bunker built under straw in the barn in the winter; being caught by the Germans and being badly beaten then jailed for two weeks; being freed and finding her way home, a 70 mile trek; going to Austria to a displaced persons camp; going in 1948 to Canada, where she found the Jews she had rescued and ended up living with them as family; the reason she got involved in rescue activities; how her rescue activities started in May 1943 and continued for 18 months; her neighbors’ disapproving of her family’s rescue activities when they found out about them after the war; and her life now in London, Ontario.

Interviewee
Mary B. Szul
Date
1984 September 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:46:50
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