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Stanley M. Garstka personal papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2020-001-h-r

Content Description

The Stanley M. Garstka personal papers contain two letters, a personal reflection, and the article Poland's Way of the cross 1939-1945 by Franciszek J. Proch.

"My Reflections on Events in Poland and the Polish Victims of the Holocaust in Poland During World War II, 1939-1945" by Stanley Garstka, is his narrative of his experience and what he witnessed during the Holocaust. Garstka was arrested on February 20, 1941, at the age of 25. He was never able to complete his medical studies at the University of Warsaw because of the outbreak of the Second World War. He was imprisoned at the Pawiak prison and then sent to concentration camps of Auschwitz, Neuengamme, Dachau, and Flossenbürg. Additionally, the narrative provides statistics of Poland and the Polish citizens who were affected by the Nazi German atrocities. Various post-war records support these figures, as well as scholarly articles such as Franciszek J. Proch's article that is included in this collection.

Dates

  • 1989

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Stanisław (Stanley) Garstka was born in Warsaw on Feb. 22, 1916. In 1935 he began medical studies, which he did not complete because of the outbreak of the Second World War. Imprisoned for his underground activities in 1941, Garstka experienced Pawiak prison and then concentration camps of Auschwitz, Neuengamme, Dachau, where he was transferred to Flossenbürg camp, and from there to Leitmeritz (subcamp) where while a prisoner Garstka assisted the doctor of the camp. After liberation, he migrated to the American zone, and by 1947 he had completed his medical studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He married Martha Alszibaja, and in 1949, they emigrated to the United States. The Garstka settled resided in Riverside, California. Dr. Garstka is the founder of the American Polish Research Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. He initiated the exchange program between the University of Gdańsk and Notre Dame in 1999. Stanley Garstka passed away on June 21, 2006.

Extent

1 Item

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Stanley M. Garstka personal papers contain two letters, a personal reflection, and the article Poland's Way of the cross 1939-1945 by Franciszek J. Proch.

Condition Description

Good
Title
Finding Aid for the Stanley M. Garstka personal papers
Status
Completed
Author
Tiana Taliep
Date
1.7.2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Oskar Schindler Archives Repository

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