Jaroslaw Piekalkiewicz and Ellen Piekalkiewicz

Recorded December 10, 2021 Archived December 10, 2021 39:56 minutes
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Ellen Piekalkiewicz (58) interviews her father, Jaroslaw Piekalkiewicz (95), about his experiences as a World War II refugee and a member of the Polish unit of the British Armed Forces. They also talk about their home in Lawrence, Kansas, where Jaroslaw finally permanently settled after a great deal of travel.

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JP shares how he became part of the Polish unit of the British Armed Forces after World War II.
JP recalls what Polish troops were in charge of in Italy.
JP explains how he got to go to high school in Italy.
JP describes the Italian cities in which he lived.
JP shares stories about the dances he attended.
JP remembers what it was like moving to Glasgow, Scotland.
JP describes his experience attending a commercial college in Scotland.
JP recalls moving to London, England after finishing school in Glasgow.
JP explains how he became a professional photographer in London.
JP shares a story about how he was able to interpret for English speakers with different accents, despite the fact that English was not his first language.
JP explains how he got a fellowship to attend Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
JP describes his experience moving to the U.S.
JP and EP talk about their home in Lawrence, Kansas.


  • Jaroslaw Piekalkiewicz
  • Ellen Piekalkiewicz