Jozef Seweryn the swimmer

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This is me in a swimming-suit. The photo was taken in Cracow in the 1930s. 

When I was a boy I really liked reading Karl May's books, and also other books, about the war. I practiced boxing. I was interested in photography. This really started by chance. When I was little, I would often have my picture taken and I liked it so much that I started to take pictures myself. I went to the theater on school outings. They would stage various instructive plays. And I always went to the cinema, whenever I wanted. I liked going to the cinema.

I was a member of the Polish Socialist Party. I joined it when I was 15 years old. I signed up because others were signing up. All of us - the boys from Podgorze - belonged to the PPS. There was nothing else in Podgorze but the PPS. I mean there were other groups - Zionists, Bundists, but they were very weak. We organized 1st May celebrations. Speakers would be invited to come; they explained what the PPS was, that it was an organization acting for the benefit of the working class. My grandmother and grandfather didn't have anything against my joining this party. Many of my grandfather's customers and all of his employees were in the PPS. 


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Interviewee: Jozef Seweryn
Zuzanna Solakiewicz
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Warsaw, Poland


Jozef Seweryn
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Worker at a dentistry supplies store
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Worker at an office that assigned apartments, aircraft factory worker, machine factory worker
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    Hiding Jewish identity/nationality

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