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Oral history interview with Lidia Siciarz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2000.9 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0405

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Lidia Siciarz, born on May 16, 1930 in Kraków, Poland, describes her family and growing up as an only child; moving to Łacko, Poland and not participating in the religious community; her father’s mobilization into the Polish Army on September 1, 1939 and then being taken as a prisoner of war by the Soviet Army; leaving with her mother and other members of her family for Pinsk, Poland (now Belarus) to live with her mother's family; her father escaping the prisoner of war camp and rejoining his family in Pinsk; her family moving to the Ukraine to avoid her father's recapture by the Russians; the Nazi invasion of Ukraine in June 1941; her mother getting notified in January 1942 that the local Jews were being deported; hiding in the local hospital for several weeks with the head nurse Sister Jadwiga; going to an orphanage in Lwów, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine), where she hid in the orphanage as a Polish Catholic and assumed the name Marysia Borowska; her transfer to another orphanage in Poland because there were accusations of her being Jewish; Ukrainian nationalists attacking the orphanage in early fall of 1943; going to orphanages located in a former part of the Warsaw ghetto on Wolnonc Street and then to Kostowiec, Poland after the Warsaw ghetto uprising; reuniting with her father on May 5, 1945; discovering that her mother had been denounced to the Gestapo in the summer of 1942 and was killed; moving to Hirschberg (Jelenia Gora), Poland with her family; marrying Leszek Siciarz and immigrating to Israel in 1957; and immigrating to the United States in 1969 with her husband and two children.

Interviewee
Ms. Lidia K. Siciarz
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
2000 January 11  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..