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Needing help establishing a man's pre-war existence

jkantor 1 | -  
7 Jan 2009 /  #1
I am attempting to gain dual citizenship (US and Poland) via the nationality of my father, now deceased. He was born in Germany of Polish parents but qualifies as Polish because he lived and worked in Poland from the mid 1930s until being taken to concentration camp. After the war he was nationalized as an American.

What I need to do is discover a school or work record for him. All I know though is that he lived in Chrzanow and Sosnewiec. Has anyone an idea of how to go about researching this question? Is it possible to obtain school attendance or work records for a young man living in these areas at the time?


SeanBM 35 | 5,806  
9 Jan 2009 /  #2
Hello Jerry,

And welcome to the Polish Forum.
That's quite a story, your father surviving the concentration camp.
I hope you can find some useful information.

A lot of the documentation has been destroyed during the war and during communism but there is a chance you could find your father by using his name.

Best of luck to you.
12 Jan 2009 /  #3
Hello Jerry,

There is a chance but you must know what companies he was working for...
Sometimes big companies (particularly coal mines) keep the registration or maybe some information from a church (for example 'Confirmation').

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