Henryk Lewandowski

Henryk Lewandowski
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  • Photo taken in:
    Warsaw
    Year when photo was taken:
    2005
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This picture was taken in Warsaw in 2005. That's what I look like now, as I'm telling you my story. I've never been a member of any Jewish organization until my retirement. I didn't want to be a fictitious member, and I didn't have the time. Only after I'd retired did I join the Children of the Holocaust; I didn't even know such an association existed, I came to join the Jewish veterans organization that was being formed. I try to be as active as I can. After becoming a member of the Children of the Holocaust, I've organized two trips to Israel, in 1994 and 1998. I speak Yiddish a little, sometimes I meet with a couple of others and we tell jokes, or we do exactly what my parents used to before the war: there's Professor Poznanska who speaks Yiddish very well, and when we wanted to discuss something just between us, we used Yiddish and no-one could understand a word. As for other languages, I'm not really good at learning them. For example, I swotted up English many times, to no particular effect. I don't speak German well, but I can communicate. I was in Germany this year, I had a few meetings with young Germans, and I asked for an interpreter, just in case. Sometimes I needed him, sometimes not. I speak Russian rather well, and I've caught on some Ukrainian while on a post in Ukraine. I'm a happy man today, I've got a nice pension, I'm married, I've had some health problems this year, but I'm still doing alright, I have a great family. I'd like to say one thing - I've had a tough life, but my old age is quite pleasant indeed.

Interview details

Interviewee: Henryk Lewandowski
Interviewer:
Anna Szyba
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Henryk Lewandowski
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Zamosc
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Manager
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Garfinkiel
    Year of changing: 
    1942
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
Date of interview:
1996

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