Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Dobska, Maria, - , Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Van Heender, Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls marriage and life in Poland under German occupation during the Second World War. Describes husband's escape from a Russian prisoner of war camp with her help, and return to Poland. Mentions joining the resistance and being reported to the Gestapo. Recalls the advance of the Russian army from 1942 and being forced to serve in the Polish army with her husband, and her husband's eventual disappearance. Tells how she joined the Free Poles and eventually came to England. Describes the difficulties faced, particularly finding work. Comments on lack of recognition of the part played by Poles during the war. Recalls reunion with her brother, and marriage while working in Lutterworth. Describes move to Leicester, working in the Imperial Typewriter factory and opening a boarding house.
Place of birth: Warsaw, Poland
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 24/1/1986
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: No consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: 871, LO/235/186
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