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Oral history interview with Helena Swierczynska

Oral History | Accession Number: 2008.367 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0558

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Helen Swierczynska, born in 1943 in Milicz, Poland, describes the story her uncle told her concerning her early life, including her birth in a barn while her family was in hiding and being taken in by a stranger until 1945; her family’s betrayal by neighbors leading to the death of her family except for her father and her two uncles; the neighbors looting their belongings; being brought to an orphanage by the woman who originally took her in; antisemitism in Poland; being moved to six other orphanages before being adopted; her memories of the orphanages; living with her new parents; marrying at age 19; staying in Poland until 1989 when her son convinced her to join him in the United States; her life in the U.S.; and coming to terms with her past.

Interviewee
Ms. Helena Swierczynska
Interviewer
Stephanie Blyskal
Date
2008 November 08  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:19:39
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