Star of David badge printed Juif worn by a Jew in France
approximately 1942 June-1944 August 25
- Object Type
Star of David badges (lcsh)
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wiera Sierpinska
Star of David badge given to Dr. Witek Sierpinski after June 1942 by a Jewish friend who had worn it in France. After the German occupation of Poland in 1939, Witek worked in a psychiatric hospital in Lvov, Poland (Lʹviv, Ukraine). In November 1941, he moved to the Warsaw ghetto and joined the Towarzystwo Ochrony Zdrowia Ludnosci Zydowskiej w Polsce (TOZ), a ghetto health organization that helped the sick and starving. A former co-worker got him out of the ghetto. By 1942, he was active in various Polish resistance groups, particularly the Armia Ludowa [People’s Guard] (AL). He recruited medical professionals, trained aides, and provided care to AL fighters. In 1944, Witek illegally shared a room where he hid weapons and illegal literature, with Wiera Baksztanska, a Polish Jew living under a false identity. He returned to Warsaw which was liberated by the Soviets on January 17, 1945. Witek reunited with Wiera and the couple married.
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Also in Witek and Wiera Sierpinska collection
The collection consists of a Star of David badge, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of Wiera Baksztanski (Sierpinska) before and during the Holocaust in Poland, and of Dr. Witek Sierpinski during the Holocaust in Poland.
Date: approximately 1933-approximately 1944
The papers consist of three certificates stating that Wiera Sierpinska attended high school and college before World War II, three documents from the German Rail "Ostbahn," and 46 photographs of the Grinberg and Baksztanski familes.