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Oral history interview with Janina Pawlica

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.30 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0030

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    Oral history interview with Janina Pawlica


    Interview Summary
    Janina Pawlica, June 1, 1922, describes her early life in Czestochowa, Poland; her family and education; the bombing of Czestochowa by the Germans in September 1939; the behavior of Germans during the early part of the occupation; the problems with food rations; treatment of Jewish civilians by Germans; the fate of Poles who aided Jews; reasons for her arrest by Germans in December 1942; being an inmate in Ravensbrück concentration camp from 1943 to 1945; conditions during the train journey to the camp; processing on arrival at the camp; the behavior of the female Blockmeister; help given to her by a Polish inmate; working in kitchens; rations; punishment for attempts to smuggle food; the special block for mothers with babies; a Red Cross inspection visit; accommodations; the execution of inmates; the German use of a punishment bunker for Allied agents; the reasons for the execution of a Czechoslovakian female inmate; a friendly German warder; the harsh treatment of prostitutes and thieves; the treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses; the selection of inmates for the crematorium; receiving food parcels from her father; escaping from the camp by assuming a false identity in April 1945; her physical condition upon arriving in Sweden; the fate of her family in Poland; immigrating to Great Britain in 1948; and her attitude towards Germans.
    Janina Pawlica
    interview:  1990 March

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (90 min.).

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Permission to copy and/or use recordings in any production must be granted by the Imperial War Museums.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Pawlica, Janina, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    Imperial War Museum
    The interview was conducted by the Imperial War Museum as part of their retrospective oral history interview program. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired a copy of the interview with Janina Pawlica from the Imperial War Museum in February 1995.
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