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22.02.2018

“Zacheusz” – screening of a film about a Polish political prisoner of Majdanek

A scout, soldier of the Home Army, prisoner of Majdanek and a few other German Nazi concentration camps, Zacheusz Pawlak’s life was a subject of a meeting organised on 22 February by the State Museum at Majdanek. Its central element was the screening of a documentary, which was accompanied by a meeting with the filmmakers and Zacheusz Pawlak’s closest ones.

Zacheusz Pawlak was born in 1922 in Florianów, a village in the Zwoleń district. From the beginning of the occupation, he took part in the activities of conspiratorial organisations. On 7 September 1942, a twenty-year-old scout and soldier of the Home Army - Zacheusz Pawlak – went to the Gestapo in Radom, in order to rescue his brothers who were arrested instead of him. On 7 January 1943, Zacheusz Pawlak was brought to Majdanek in the first transport of Polish political prisoners.

Over 20 years after the Second World War, Zacheusz Pawlak, being already a respected doctor in Radom, in the book entitled “Przeżyłem” [I survived] described his memories from the tragic years in captivity. In 2017, the Culture and Art Centre “Resursa Obywatelska” in Radom made a drama documentary “Zacheusz” based on the book. The directors Piotr Buczak and Paweł Puton told about the development of the film.

The complement to the story of war and post-war life of Zacheusz Pawlak was a conversation with his closest ones – his brother Zdzisław Pawlak, niece Barbara Chmielewska and friend Wojciech Stan.

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