Grażyna Oczkowicz was born in December 1937 in the village of Rzędowice in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Grażyna was the third of the five children of Kazimiera Tkaczewska (maiden name: Grzywnowicz) and Stefan Tkaczewski. During the war, Grażyna’s father was a guerrilla fighter, so many of the interviewee’s childhood memories are related to the fight against the German invaders. Grażyna Oczkowicz spent her childhood and youth in Rzędowice, and after the birth of her children, she and her husband moved to Silesia, where she started working for an office in Sosnowiec. She still lives in Sosnowiec.
I don’t know where my dad went. He wasn’t at home for almost a week. When German soldiers left the village he came back and his friend told him: “Don’t show the dog!” But how to hide a dog, where?!
An interview with my grandfather about his wartime memories.
The interview was conducted by my grandfather and his wife with her father, Edward Szukiel, and then prepared by me.
I remember the moment we passed from the Russian to the German side, because the Germans had taken part of Poland as well. It was in Przemyśl.
Zofia was born after World War II, but her parents told her about their experiences from the times of war. This interview includes stories which she had heard from them.