Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 2009

Creation Date


Publisher Information

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.

Physical Information

1 sound file (191 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (45 p.)