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Oral history interview with Adam Starkopf

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0299 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0046

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Adam Starkopf, born in 1914 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses his family and pre-war life in Warsaw; his brother’s move to Palestine; the outbreak of the war in Poland; getting wounded while enlisting in the Polish Army; the invasion of Poland by the Russian Army; returning to Warsaw; the death of his mother; living in the Warsaw ghetto; being imprisoned by the Gestapo; the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto; his deportation to the Treblinka concentration camp; escaping the ghetto; his family living as Roman Catholics; liberation by Russian forces; escaping communist forces and going to the American zone in Germany; staying in the Feldafing displaced persons camp; immigrating to the United States; his life in Chicago, IL; his post-war family life; his book “There is Always Time to Die”; antisemitism in the United States; speaking about the Holocaust to school children; his penny project; religion; and how he and his family cope with the memory of their experiences during the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Adam Starkopf
Interviewer
Gary Covino
Date
1999 June 14  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation