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    The Gerald Kaiser photograph collection consists of 68 photographs of the Kaiser family in the Kielce ghetto, Kielce, Poland, in Chlewice, Poland, in the Lipnica labor camp, Sosnowiec, Poland, and the Bergen-Belsen DP camp. Also included are images of the Zaks family in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp, and the Wlodek family of Lvov and Wegleszyn, Poland.
    creation:  1935-1948
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gerald Kaiser
    Collection Creator
    Gerald Kaiser
    Gerald Kaiser was born on January 1, 1940 in Kielce, Poland. In 1941 the Gestapo took his family to a labor camp. Gerald, a small boy at the time, was smuggled out of the camp. Stanislaw, Jadwiga (Wanda), Janusz, and Krystyna Wlodek, and Franciszek, Teofila, and Aurelia Kowalik, two Polish Catholic families, saved his life from Nazi extermination. After Jadwiga Wlodek was taken to Auschwitz, her children moved Gerald (Jurek) to the Kowalik family in another village. In 1942, the Gestapo killed Bernard Kaiser, Gerald's father, in the labor camp. Jadwiga Wlodek died in Auschwitz in 1943. Sylvia Kaiser (Hirschler), Gerald's mother, survived. After liberation in 1945, she found Gerald at the Kowalik family's house. Mother and son went to Germany where they lived for a few years in the displaced persons camp at Bergen-Belsen. Finally they immigrated to the United States. From the United States, Gerald Kaiser contacted the people who saved his life: Krystyna and Janusz Wlodek and Aurelia Rudyk (Kowalik). Yad Vashem honored these families with recognition as Righteous Among the Nations in 1986. Kaiser planted trees for them. He maintained regular contact with the surviving members of these families. In the summer of 1993 they all met in Warsaw, Poland, at the conference sponsored by the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers : "Can Indifference Kill?"

    Physical Details

    Polish German
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Gerald Kaiser photograph collection is arranged in a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The Museum is in the process of determining the possible use restrictions that may apply to material(s) in this collection.

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    Administrative Notes

    Gerald Kaiser donated the Gerald Kaiser photograph collections to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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