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Oral history interview with Joseph Siekierka and Chana Siekierka

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1370 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1370

Joseph Siekierka and Chana Siekierka discuss their experiences during the Holocaust; the invasion of Warsaw in September 1939, when they were newly married; Mr. Siekiera's escape across the Russian border; his return after encountering bad conditions; the establishment of the Warsaw ghetto; the conditions in the Warsaw ghetto; spending the next three years hiding in bunkers and evading capture; Mr. Siekiera's experiences during the Warsaw ghetto uprising; Mrs. Siekierka fleeing to another town with her family and the deaths of her family members; Mrs. Siekierka’s return to Warsaw to be with her husband; both of them being taken prisoner and deported to Majdanek in 1943 for six weeks; Mr. Siekiera's transport to Auschwitz, then to Monowitz; the death march Mr. Siekiera endured to Buchenwald at the end of 1944; Mr. Siekiera being sent on a further transport in April or May 1944; Mr. Siekiera's experiences at liberation when American troops arrived; Mrs. Siekierka describes her experiences working in a munitions factory in Leipzig, Germany; her liberation by Soviet troops; her reunion with her husband after the war; living in Germany for five years; and their immigration to the United States, settling first in Chicago, IL and then Los Angeles, CA.

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Chana Siekierka
Joseph Siekierka
interview:  1983 April 18
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties