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Oral history interview with Poldek Wasserman (Yehudah Maimon)

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.A.0051.4 | RG Number: RG-50.308.0004

Poldek Wasserman (Yehudah Maimon), born in 1924, discusses his childhood; attending the Hebrew gymnasium in Kraków; the beginning of the war; being involved in a Zionist youth group, Akiva; continuing to receive education even after the schools were closed; having papers allowing him to work; the establishment of the ghetto; the establishment of the resistance in the summer of 1942 as part of Akiva; the resistance group in Warsaw and two of its members, Isak Fogler and Henka Lamzek, who were sent to find an escape route and were captured and killed; the transition from a youth group to a resistance movement; their work finding hiding places for all members of the underground; his job as a courier; his secret relationship with another underground courier, Czeshka; the primary focus of the movement to forge Christian identity papers, obtaining arms, procuring money (through robbery), and maintaining ties between resistance fighters in the ghetto and outside the ghetto; their failed attempts to work with the Polish resistance; the opposition to the resistance within the ghetto; the leadership of Aharon “Dolek” Liebskind; the emotional aspects of his experience in the resistance; using a hut outside a hospital as a rendezvous point at which they received instructions for an operation to kill Germans in three cafes (Cyganeria, Splanada and Kofaika); and his role in the operation to stay in the ghetto and watch over the members of the resistance who were unable to leave (this summarizes only the first part of the interview).

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Poldek Wasserman
Dr. Eli Pfefferkorn
interview:  1987 October
6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Record last modified: 2023-06-06 15:33:19
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