Henryk Lewandowski during the war

Henryk Lewandowski during the war
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  • Photo taken in:
    Warsaw
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
The only photo of me that I have from the war- time. It was taken in the 1940s in Warsaw. Right after the arrival in Warsaw I got a birth certificate in the name Czeslaw Waclaw Lewandowski. After a short stay with Mr. and Ms. Janowski Halina found us a new hideout, on Jerozolimskie Avenue, and so me, Father, and two more people from Zamosc were transported there, each one separately. I was ill with measles at that time; the man who was supposed to take me to the apartment said we were going to go by tram, in the 'Nur für Deutsche' ['For Germans only'] compartment - he had a Nazi pin on his lapel. He was the future Attorney General, Professor Marian Rybicki. He was a member of the Home Army and Zegota. It was thanks to the Home Army and Zegota that we later had a permanent hideout, on Krzyckiego Street; I lived there, with some breaks, until the Warsaw uprising. In the meantime Mrs. Wolska, the owner of the apartment, took in another lodger, Mr. Edward Lewandowski. He looked hundred per cent 'Aryan,' he shared the room with me. I was afraid, I didn't know how to explain to him my staying at home all the time. He had a regular job. It turned out he was a Jew as well. He came from Lubien near Wloclawek, his real name was Burak. His brother was in a Jewish labor camp in Piotrkow Trybunalski, and his sister, a pretty blonde, stayed outside Warsaw with a Polish family. Edward Lewandowski was arrested one day, they put him in the Pawiak prison and later shot him. They didn't recognize him a Jew.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Hanryk 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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