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Life in Lwów
as described by Roman Solecki

In a letter to Siec, a Polish-American English-language electronic news bulletin, (Siec, April 9, 2002) Roman Solecki, an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, a U.S. citizen and a Polish Jew who was born and spent his childhood in Lwów (now Lviv in the Ukraine), described the life he and his classmates led in Lwów in the years before WWII. Lwów was then a town with about 120,000 of each: Jews, Poles and Ukrainians. In the letter, he made reference to Leon Weliczker Wells' account of life in a shtetl and contrasted it with that of life in Lwów, where, he reported, he and his Jewish schoolmates and their families:

Solecki concludes his letter to Siec warning against assuming that the experiences and life described by Leon Weliczker Wells in his book "Shattered Faith" regarding Jewish life in Stojanow, a town of three thousand inhabitants evenly split between Jews, Poles and Ukrainians, were representative of those of Poland's 3,500,000 Jews many of whom fought for and died for Poland, were murdered in Katyn, or spent years in Kazakhstan, Nogaysk and other soviet "resorts."

During WWII Roman Solecki, assumed a false Aryan identity, became a member of the Polish underground army, took part in the Warsaw Uprising and was deported to Germany.

Posted with Prof. Solecki's permission.

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