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Testimony of Maria Tryczyńska

  ARCHIVES OF THE "SZARE SZEREGI" ASSOCIATION ("GRAY TROOPS," an underground Polish Scouting movement)

Maria Tryczyńska
Born on October 13, 1930 in Stolin (Polesie)
Daughter of Mieczysław and Zofia (maiden name Oczkowska)
Address during the occupation: Słowackiego Street, corner of Szczepanowskiego 

     [...] After the fall of the Uprising, which ended on September 30, 1944 I got "tangled" among the civilians (I was by then nearly 15 years old and I was a tiny girl) through the Pruszków camp, then in Jędrzejów from where I got out to the local villages and temporary lived in Kozłów at home of chief officer of the villagers at the time - Mr Stawik, whose son Adam and cousin Kazik Palka were Home Army (Armia Krajowa - AK) soldiers. There I stayed until the end of war, which allowed us - me and my father and my mother and my sister to get through to the father's family to Chrzanów near Cracow, where we lived for about a year. In 1946 we came back to Warsaw, where my father took a position of Department Director at the Public Administration Ministry on Rakowiecka Street (the minister at the time was Mr. Kiernik from the London government). We started to live in Mokotów (our Żoliborz apartment had been burnt). Here I continue my studies at Żmichowska High School, from which I have been penally expelled in the last grade (December 1948) as a part of severe political fight. Neither I nor my father escaped many questionings and repressive measures of the Security Office (Urząd Bezpieczeństwa - UB). I pass my matriculation exam at Hoffmanowa High School. And in spite of all I manage to get to the Medical Academy in Warsaw,  which in spite of all the adversity of political nature I finished on October 13, 1954. For a long time during the studies I had been working, because my father (also out of political reasons) had been fired from work. Therefore so called "Stalinian times" were very difficult for me both financially and psychically. I did not receive the work allocation to a hospital or a clinic in Warsaw, as my colleagues, members of the Party - but instead, in spite of my very good results during the studies (after 5 years of studies I have already received both the Medical Diploma and the Pediatrics Specialization of a 1st degree) I have been allocated to a provincial tuberculosis prevention center in Otwock. At that time I had been already married and pregnant. [...] All my (our family's) possessions got totally destroyed during the occupation and the Warsaw Uprising. I started my postwar life as 15 year old with a great, but very heavy baggage of the previous years. Brutal clash with the so difficult back then reality caused that the great and tragic period of my life had been deeply buried in my soul. This was among the others an outcome of arrest and execution by UB in Kozienice of an extremely close to me cousin and AK soldier Franek Nagadowski and farther political repressions against such valuable person as my father and all the rest of our family including me. Therefore until now I never went back to those times. Just now, for first time in my life I am talking about it. At the end of my professional life I want to leave to my children and grandchildren some trace of those most important for me years, with my memoirs found after my father death (in the draft corrected in his hand) written in may 1946, that is a year after the war as abbreviated form - an attempt to recreate my childish, war diary burnt at the end of the Uprising.


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