Given name: Kazia Family name: Świerdzewska

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  • Female
  • Kazia
  • Świerdzewska
  • 27-year-old acquaintance of the Elsters. Before the war Mr. Szwalbe's maid. After his wife's death - his friend. Well-known for the good contacts with the Gestapo. Helped the Elsters many times by storing and selling their valuables. However, Roma Elster recalled that it was Kazia Swierdzewska who denounced her to the Gestapo functionaries in November 1943. Denounced other Jews as well.

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  • Part I: The return of the author's husband from the Soviet-occupied territories to Warsaw. Living conditions in the Warsaw ghetto; starvation, epidemics. The great liquidation action in the summer of 1942; organisation of the 'shops', selections among shop workers. The author and her husband escaped to the so-called 'Aryan side'. The blackmailers' threat. The author lost a leg jumping off a tram to escape Gestapo agents. The Warsaw uprising. During the evacuation of the population after the uprising, the author and her husband escaped from the transport and stayed in Brwinow until the liberation. Part II: Scenes of Warsaw ghetto life. the need to sell their property. Functioning of schools. Germans shoot children who smuggle food. After the war the author emigrated to France. The memoir submitted to the Jewish Historical Institute by the author's daughter. Longhand, pp. 1-69, format 215 x 170 mm (2 notebooks); pp. 1-24, format: 270 x 210 mm, in Polish. Copy: typescript, pp. 1-26, format: 290 x 210 mm (3 copies, only part I).
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