Remembering Interactions

Interpreting Survivors’ Accounts of Interactions in Nazi-Occupied Poland


  • Suzanne Swartz


children testimonies, hidden Jewish children, Holocaust, occupied Poland, everyday life


This paper examines how memory sources are vital to learning about and interpreting children’s interactions in Nazi-occupied Poland. In particular, it focuses on the relevance of testimonies and memoirs to understanding hidden Jewish children’s contacts with other children while they were living under a false identity. Because these personal memory sources reveal many day-to-day situations not present in other types of documents and sources, they are often the only avenue through which we can learn about how Jewish children interacted with other children they came into contact with while in hiding. Two methods and situations receive particular attention:

1. collecting as many resources as possible for a specific case study on Jewish street children in occupied Warsaw, and

2. interpreting a variety of sources from diverse cases to find patterns of interactions that took place throughout Nazi-occupied Poland.




How to Cite

Swartz, Suzanne. 2019. “Remembering Interactions: Interpreting Survivors’ Accounts of Interactions in Nazi-Occupied Poland”. S: I.M.O.N. Shoah: Intervention. Methods. Documentation. 3 (1):5-19.