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Baksztanska and Sierpinski families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2004.331.3

The Baksztanska and Sierpinski families papers include biographical material and photographs relating to the pre-war and wartime experiences of Wiera Baksztanska, Stanisław Sierpinski, and their families in Poland and Russia. The collection includes false identity papers and documents Wiera obtained while living in the Warsaw ghetto and in hiding as well as correspondence and writings relating to Stanisław’s work as a physician in the Polish underground.

Biographical material includes a false identity card (Kennkarte) for Wiera under the name of Zofia Weronika Wojtuńska, certificates stating that Wiera attended high school and college before the war, and blank and filled out work documents from the German Rail Ostbahn that Wiera obtained while working as a telephone operator at the Ostbahn in Pruszków, Poland. She gave some of the forms to friends in the underground. The series also includes a letter written by Zdzislaw Andruszkiewicz to Stanisław describing a photograph from January 1945, writings by Stanisław about war years and his activities as chief physician of Armia Ludowa (People’s Army), and a certificate given to Stanisław for his participation in fighting against the German occupation of Poland.

The series also includes a diary was written, in Russian, by Israel Grinberg, Wiera’s grandfather, in which he describes his childhood, youth, and arranged marriage to Dworja Hershgoren from Bereza Kartuska in 1880.

Photographs include pre-war originals and copies of the Grinberg and Baksztanska familes in Odessa, Lida, Siluai, and Palestine as well as photographs of the Margulies family before the war in Poland including Dr. Avigdor Margulies during his medical studies in Nancy, France, during the war in Warsaw, and after the war.

inclusive:  circa 1900-1969
6 folders
1 oversize folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wiera Sierpinska
Record last modified: 2020-07-14 13:05:20
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