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Adam Jozef Zurad fonds
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CA OPMA A-2018-08
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- Zurad, Adam Jozef, 1915-2004
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0.5 m of graphic and photographic materials.
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Adam Jozef Zurad was born on February 15, 1915 in Budziwoj, Rzeszow, Poland. During his school years, the family relocated to Drohobycz. He completed high school education and military service, initially assigned to artillery but later reassigned to the infantry officer cadet college in Kielce. He was then sent to the 4th Legionnaire Regiment in Kielce, where he was assigned to a communications platoon.
In 1939, Zurad entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Lwow while simultaneously working in Boryslaw. In August 1939, he received his mobilization papers and was ordered to report to Drohobycz to the 6th Podhale Regiment. He took part in the September campaign. Following German occupation of Poland, Zurad escaped via Hungary to France, where he joined General Maczek’s Division. He took part in the defense of France and remained there throughout most of the Second World War. After the Allied invasion of France, he was assigned to the 10th Hussar Regiment of the 2nd Corps. He trained in Egypt, taking part in the assault on Bologna in Italy.
Following the end of the war, Zurad was recruited by a Canadian commission looking for agricultural workers and emigrated to Canada.
He signed a two-year contract to work on sugar beet farms on the Canadian prairies. He worked on various farms, including cattle farms, then was employed on the construction of the military base in Shilo. He was then employed by CNR in Winnipeg and performing line maintenance in British Columbia. He eventually settled in Winnipeg, and was active in the Polish community. He was a member of the Holy Ghost Parish, a founding member of the Polish Combatants’ Association Branch 13, and a member of Sokol Choir. Zurad also took part in Polish amateur theatre. He resided at the Polish Manor.
Adam Zurad died on March 17, 2004.
The custodial history of the records was not noted at the time the records were originally transferred, but it is likely that the records were donated to Ogniwo Polish Museum by an acquaintance of Adam Zurad following his death in 2004.
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The fonds consists of one scrapbook photo album, containing 218 photographs of Zurad and acquaintances and colleagues dating from the years  to [ca. 1970].
The fonds also comprises a sketchbook/scrapbook, featuring drawn and painted depictions of scenes from various locations travelled by Zurad during the Second World War. The artwork was likely created by a wartime colleague or acquaintance (Miroslaw (Mirek) Radkowski) and gifted to Adam Zurad ca. 1946.
The scrapbooks are in good condition but are fragile. They must be handled with care and under the supervision of an Ogniwo Polish Museum staff member.
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