[Congressional Record Volume 144, Number 49 (Tuesday, April 28, 1998)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E683]
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                      IN MEMORY OF STANLEY RADWAN


                        HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH

                                of ohio

                    in the house of representatives

                        Tuesday, April 28, 1998

  Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of 
Stanley Radwan, a native of Poland and a famed strongman. Mr. Radwan's 
life was filled with amazing accomplishments, both physical and mental. 
He embodied the spirit of a hardworking individual.
  Born in Poland in 1908, Radwan was a distinct child from his birth, 
showing off his strength for childhood friends during his youth. He 
joined several Polish fraternal organizations and clubs, taking great 
pride in his Polish heritage. His national pride inspired him to join 
the Polish navy and learn many languages before World War II. 
Unfortunately, Radwan was captured by the Nazis and became a prisoner 
of war at the Bergen-Belsen camp. He became legendary in the camp as he 
escaped briefly by pushing a brick wall over with his bare hands. 
Radwan immigrated to the United States after the war and established 
himself in Northeastern Ohio.
  Mr. Radwan, also known as the ``Polish Strongman'' and the ``King of 
Iron and Steel,'' wrestled professionally for over twenty years and was 
never defeated. He amazed his audience with feats of strength including 
straightening horseshoes, pulling cars with his teeth, and ripping 
quarters in half. Radwan even demonstrated these talents on the 
television show ``You Asked For It.'' Radwan also served his new 
country in many capacities, most notably as a bodyguard for Cleveland 
officials and a worker in the Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office. He was 
noted for his clean attendance record and his hard work at the office. 
Radwan never lost touch with his Polish heritage, hosting a polish-
language radio show and working with Polish organizations. He is 
survived by two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.
  My fellow colleagues, join me in saluting the life of a true 
``strongman'' in all facets of the word: Stanley Radwan.