Overview of the Sklenarz-Bokota family papers, 1913-2010

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Overview of the Sklenarz-Bokota family papers, 1913-2010

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Stanford University

Stanford, California
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Collection Summary

Title: Sklenarz-Bokota family papers,
Dates: 1913-2010
Collection Number: 2011C54
Creator: Sklenarz-Bokota family
Collection Size: 1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs, genealogical data, printed matter, personal documents, and photographs, relating to conditions in Poland during World War II and to immigration to the United States. Includes papers of Józef Bokota, his son Stanislaw Bokota, and Krystyna Maria Sklenarz Bokota, wife of Stanislaw Bokota.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: English, Polish

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sklenarz-Bokota family papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2011.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

Polish-American family.
Krystyna M. Sklenarz and Stanislaw Bokota, who would become husband and wife, were both from middle-class families in southeast Poland when the war started in September of 1939. Their families were divided by the war, with some members living under German occupation, others under Soviet, and several able to escape to the West. Both children experienced the brutal conditions of being deported to Soviet Kazakhstan; Krystyna lost a younger sister to hunger and disease. In the end they were the lucky ones, surviving the horrors and able to leave the USSR in 1942 because of "amnesty" for Polish citizens and the evacuation of some of the survivors to Iran. They were both educated in the West, and eventually met and married in the United States. Krystyna, a psychiatrist, died in 2010; Stanislaw, a retired US Department of Commerce economist, lives in Indiana.
Stanislaw's father, Colonel Jozef Bokota, was a decorated cavalry veteran of the 1920 Polish-Soviet war, the September 1939 campaign, and the clandestine Home Army.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection includes personal documents, photographs, and reminiscences of both Krystyna and Stanislaw. Additionally, the papers contain the photographs, documents, clippings, and memoirs of Józef Bokota.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
Polish people--United States.
Bokota, Józef, 1897-1978.
Bokota, Stanislaw, 1928-
Bokota, Krystyna Maria Sklenarz, 1933-2010.