Jerzy Kowalewski

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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is my older brother Jerzy. I don’t know when, where and by whom this picture was taken.  

 

My brother Jerzy was a communist. Michal was one, too. Only the oldest one, Bernard, was not. He didn’t belong to any other party either. When Michal and Jerzy started going to some meetings, rallies, my parents were not very pleased. My parents suffered a lot because of my brothers’ involvement in the communist movement.

 

Jerzy was studying at the Faculty of Law at Warsaw University, but when he was in his 4th year, two months before graduation, he was arrested for communist activities. He spent four years in jail. 

 

My parents hired a lawyer for him and very intense efforts were made to shorten his sentence. He didn’t stay in the Zamosc jail for long; they took him to a prison in Drohobycz. It wasn’t a very bad prison, that is, it was a low-security prison. 

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Maria Krych
Interviewer:
Agata Gajewska
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Warsaw, Poland

KEY PERSON

Jerzy Kowalewski
Jewish name:
Izrael
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Zamosc
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
2004
City of death:
Warsaw
Country of death:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
communist activist
after WW II:
communist activist, journalist
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Goldwag
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

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