A Guide to the Tad Galin Memoir, 1993, 2001
Tad Galin, born Tadeusz Przegalinski on December 8, 1930, into a Polish family residing in Yurovka, Soviet Union (modern-day Ukraine), led a largely impoverished childhood. The Przegalinski family experienced many hardships wrought upon their region through Stalin’s regime. In 1929, Galin’s father, Jozef, was sent to a Soviet labor camp in Siberia. He escaped after several months, and the family fled to Petropavlovka in southern Ukraine. Between 1932 and 1933, they endured the "great famine," also known as the Holodomor. In addition to surviving these ordeals, in 1938 Galin witnessed his father being apprehended a second time, from which he never returned.
After his father’s disappearance, Galin’s mother, Janina (Nina) found work in the local Petropavlovka hospital. In 1942, the German Army invaded the region and assumed control of Petropavlovka. The eleven-year old Galin and his mother were conscripted to work in the hospital as cooks and laborers. When the German Army began to retreat from the Soviet Union in 1943, Galin and his mother were forced to accompany the convoy, until they reached Tittling, Germany, by the end of World War II.
Following the Second World War, Galin joined the British-Polish Occupational Army in 1949, and a year later he joined the U.S.-Polish Army. During his tenure, he fought in the Korean War. He was stationed in several places, including Ft. Hood, Texas, in 1955. Due to the Lodge-Philbin Act, Galin was able to apply for U.S. citizenship after five years of service. He moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1958, but later lived in Michigan and Florida. Upon naturalization, he changed his name to Tad Galin in 1960. A professional in the network marketing field, he has owned several businesses and is a co-founder of Legacy USA, Inc.
The Tad Galin Memoir, 1993, 2001, is comprised of a 342 page typescript of an unpublished manuscript entitled, Hitler, Stalin, and I: My Legacy, which covers the years 1910 through 2003 and consists of two parts. Part One relates Galin’s childhood growing up in the Ukraine and his family’s experiences during Stalin’s regime and the German Army’s occupation and subsequent retreat. Part Two describes his life in America, including his professional career in network marketing and family life. The manuscript contains numerous drawings from memory of events he witnessed as a child as well as photographs of family members and of Galin himself. The memoir includes an autographed signed letter from George H.W. Bush, dated June 3, 1999. The memoir is thus partly a family history and partly a coming-of-age story of a young man during World War II and his subsequent emigration to the United States.
This collection is open for research use.
Tad Galin retains copyright on all materials. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.
Tad Galin Memoir, 1993, 2001, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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