Dawid Sierakowiak Quote


“They keep relocating the Jews from small neighboring towns into the ghetto, while the deportations from the ghetto have been stopped. Even that chance for getting out of the ghetto has been taken away. Death is striking left and right. A person becomes thin and pale in the face, then comes the swelling, a few days in bed or in the hospital, and that’s it. The person was living, the person is dead; we live and die like cattle.”

– Dawid Sierakowiak, age 17, May 25, 1942.

David Sierakowiak

  • Dawid is in the 3rd row, 4th from right in the photograph. Dawid died on August 8, 1943.


  • Quote – Sierakowiak, Dawid., Alan Adelson, and Kamil Turowski. The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks From the Lodz Ghetto Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Photograph – US Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Ben Menachem