Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Marvin Kozlowski - August 28, 2002


The following is an interview with Mr. Marvin Kozlowski at his home in West Bloomfield, Michigan on August 28, 2002. The interviewer is Sidney Bolkosky.

Um, Mr. Kozlowski, can you tell me um, where you're from?

I was born in Poland uh, April, 1920.

In what city?

City of Radom.

Tell me a little bit about Radom before the war started.

Yeah. Well, I was like any other kids, attending school, spare time playing soccer, helping out in the house. But not like here you know, we had to help out. We had a grocery and a liquor store. But we were uh, uh, outside the city on the outskirts, like suburb where there was no running water. We had to bring in well water from the backyard. I had to do this. We were heating with coal and with the house. Uh, that was my obligation also. And then I had my spare time attend school, take care of my school and spare time play soccer. We were kids like any other kid with--mainly with Polish people, between Polish people. There were no--practically no Jews there.

So you went to Polish school.


Uh, and, and what did you speak at home?

Well uh, we speak--we spoke home most of the time Yiddish. But between Gentiles in the store we never used Yiddish, we usual spoke Polish.

Polish. How large was your family?

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