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- Author Tadeusz Matusiak
- Date of production 1944
- Place of creation prisoner-of-war camp in Murzau, Germany
- Dimensions height: 34 cm, length: 76 cm, width: 26 cm
- ID no. MK/H/1812
- Object copyright Aleksander Kłosiński Museum in Kęty
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
This wooden steam train was made by Tadeusz Matusiak in the German prison camp, Luckenwalde (Stalag III-A), in 1944. Tadeusz Matusiak, who was born in Kęty in 1907, was a house painter by profession; from an early age, he painted pictures and carved in wood with great passion. He was a very talented artist.more
This wooden steam train was made by Tadeusz Matusiak in the German prison camp, Luckenwalde (Stalag III-A), in 1944. Tadeusz Matusiak, who was born in Kęty in 1907, was a house painter by profession; from an early age, he painted pictures and carved in wood with great passion. He was a very talented artist. In 1939, he participated in the September Campaign, taking part in bloody battles near Rajsko. After his unit had been broken by a unit of the Wehrmacht, he was taken prisoner and held captive until the end of the war. While in the prison camp, he was engaged in sculpting, which he hid from the Germans. He made wooden toys, which were designed for his three young children living in Kęty. At some point, the German guards discovered what the Polish captive was doing in the camp, but, being impressed by his talent, they suggested that he would also make toys for their children. For five toys made for the Germans, Tadeusz Matusiak had the right to send one toy to his family living in Kęty. Among the items sent from the Luckenwalde camp, there were train sets, cars, and houses. One of the toys that Tadeusz Matusiak's children received—a wooden locomotive—is still in good condition to this day. Three generations of children had played with the steam train before it finally arrived in the museum in Kęty. The locomotive is covered with light blue paint, with patches of red and white. The year in which the toy was made, 1944, has been painted with white paint at the very front.
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