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Edward Herzbaum Hartry papers

Document | Accession Number: 2012.471.1

The Edward Herzbaum Hartry papers consist of biographical, photographic, and printed materials as well as diaries and short stories documenting Hartry, his pre-World War II education in Łódź and Warsaw, his imprisonment in a Russian gulag following the German and Russian partition of Poland, his military service with the Polish Second Corps and Polish Resettlement Corps, his postwar education and certification as an architect in Rome and London, and his naturalization as a British citizen in 1952.

Biographical materials consist of identification papers, membership cards, and student, military, and immigration records documenting Hartry, his prewar education in Łódź and Warsaw and postwar education in Rome and London, his World War II military service with the Polish Second Corps and Polish Resettlement Corps, and his naturalization as a British citizen in 1952.

Photographs depict Hartry as a child with his parents and as a soldier with the Polish Second Corps and scenes from the Middle East and Egypt. Postcards from Italy, Switzerland, France, and Wales exchange postwar messages among Hartry and his friends.

Printed materials include illustrations by Hartry for 1945 issues of Uwaga Nadchodzi!: Miesiecznik Artylerii Przeciwlotniczej, a Polish military magazine identifying allied and enemy aircraft, as well as issues of the magazine including Hartry’s illustrations, a newspaper supplement mapping the theaters of war, and a 1946 issue of Parada: Illustrated Fortnightly for the Polish Forces.

Writings primarily consist of Hartry’s 1940- 1945 original, recopied, and revised journal entries documenting his experiences from the September 1939 invasion, his imprisonment in a slave labor camp in Vologda district, release and mobilization to newly formed Polish Army in September 1941, travel and training in Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt, and combat in Italy, including at Monte Cassino. These entries were later published in 2010 as Lost between Worlds: A World War II Journey of Survival. This series also includes Hartry’s notes taken during his military training and short stories he drafted.

inclusive:  circa 1920-1955
1 box
6 oversize folders
2 book enclosures
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Krystyna Mew
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 10:51:28
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