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Oral history interview with Stanley Kiersnowski

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.349.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0737

Stanley Kiersnowski, born on August 17, 1926 in Wilno, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania), discusses his family’s well-to-do background; the history of and Jewish community in Wilno; his childhood; the arrival of the Soviets; his family’s deportation in June 1941 and separation from his father; the three-week journey to Siberia with his mother and sister; their arrival in Rubtsovsk; finding somewhere to live and getting a job; the good treatment he and his family received from the local people; his move to a collective farm; being freed by the NKVD and following the Polish army south; traveling to Teheran and becoming ill; his arrest for stealing coal; traveling with the Polish army along with about 1,200 other boys through places such as Pakistan and Palestine; learning of his father’s death; reuniting with his mother and sister; the family’s attempts to get to the United States; his brief schooling in a Bombay Catholic school; the family’s journeys to the US and arriving in New York with his mother on December 28, 1948; the fate of many family members; and the lessons he took away from his experiences.

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Mr. Stanley Kiersnowski
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2014 June 20
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:30
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