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Oral history interview with Franciszek Skibinski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.26 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0026

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Franciszek Skibinski, Chief of the Polish delegation at the International Conference of Liberators, discusses being a commander in the armored brigade in the Polish 1st Armored Division with the 2nd Canadian Army Corps; going through Germany and the Netherlands; liberating Polish prisoners of war and concentration camps; finding a group of concentration camps near Papenburg, Germany, which contained Belgian, Jewish, French, and German inmates; seeing the prisoners for the first time; liberating another camp full of Polish girls near the Dutch border; his knowledge of the camps before they were liberated; how he joined the Polish army; his unit’s movements throughout Europe; fighting at the Battle of Normandy; how the Polish girls they liberated were part of the Army Kraova (Armia Krajowa), the underground army which fought in the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1944; what happened to his family during the Holocaust; returning to Poland after the war and his reaction to the conditions; and his lasting memories of the camps.

Interviewee
Franciszek Skibinski
Date
1981 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..