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Oral history interview with Jadwiga Zachczyńska

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.185 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0185

Jadwiga Zachczynska, born in 1917 in Warsaw, Poland, describes her prewar life, including her family’s move to Palestine and her return to Poland; joining a Soviet military column and escaping east at the beginning of the war; working in a hospital in Minsk, Belarus; leaving the hospital to prevent the discovery of her Jewish identity and working in a prisoner of war camp for Soviet soldiers; conditions in the prisoner of war camp and the treatment of the prisoners; her decision to hide in the ghetto; witnessing roundups and mass murders committed by German soldiers; surviving various pogroms; roundups of Jews into gas vans; her participation in anti-Hitler activities; her collaboration with a local partisan group; the distribution of partisan aid in Minsk; interactions between local partisan groups and Jews who wished to assist them; and a memorial erected by German Jews postwar.

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Jadwiga Zachczyńska
interview:  2003 July 11
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:43
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