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Oral history interview with Mieczyslaw Madejski

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.42 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0074

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Mieczyslaw Madejski, born in Warsaw, Poland on June 26, 1923, describes his Catholic upbringing; how his advanced proficiency in the German language and training in scouting helped him survive the war; the “Volksdeutsche”; Polish citizens who felt as if they were German and the “Herrfolke”; how his family saved twelve Jews during the war; his experiences with the Zegota; his membership in the Armia Krajowa, the Polish Home Army; his battalion receiving a medal from Yad Vashem for their efforts during the Warsaw Uprising; how he and his wife left Poland in 1968 to immigrate to the United States; his unusual circumstance of having been declared dead due to mistaken identity; belonging to a Polish veterans’ group; how his studies in mechanical engineering eventually got him the position as the head of the x-ray department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, NY; and his feelings about war and his hopes for a peaceful world for his grandchildren.

Interviewee
Mieczyslaw Madejski
Date
2004 January 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:55:57
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