Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
Crimes against humanity, Florida, Genocide, Holocaust survivors, 1939-1945, Poland, Rawicki, Jerry, Warsaw (Poland), Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943
This is an oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Jerry Rawicki. Rawicki was born in Poland in 1927 and lived with his family in Płock until 1941 when the city's Jews were expelled. Rawicki and his mother and sisters went to Bodzentyn, where they lived for a year and a half. In 1942 he and his elder sister went to Warsaw, where their father had been living in the Warsaw Ghetto. Rawicki joined various work groups to get in and out of the ghetto, smuggling and running errands, while his sister left the ghetto and posed as a gentile until the war ended. Rawicki escaped when the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began in April 1943, and spent several weeks hiding in various parts of the city. During this time, he was assisted by a young gentile man, who gave him food and a place to sleep. Rawicki describes his experiences in Bodzentyn and the Warsaw Ghetto, in Warsaw after leaving the ghetto, and after liberation.
1 sound file (191 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (45 p.)
Scholar Commons Citation
Rawicki, Jerry (Interviewee) and Ellis, Carolyn (Interviewer), "Jerry Rawicki oral history interview by Carolyn Ellis, July 1, 2009" (2009). Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center Oral Histories. Paper 155.