Nicholas Siekierski

Biography: 

Nicholas Siekierski, a Silas Palmer Fellow at the Hoover Institution for 2015, is a native of Redwood City, California. He received his BA in history in 2006 and Master of Library and Information Science in 2008, both from San Jose State University. In addition, he studied at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Now a PhD candidate at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, he is writing his dissertation on "Herbert Hoover and the American Relief Administration in Poland, 1919–1922."

He began working at the Hoover Institution in 2001 and was the assistant archivist for Exhibits and Outreach for the Hoover Institution Library & Archives from 2009 to 2014, for which he was the curator for exhibits on topics including World War II, Chinese history, art, and democracy in Eastern Europe. He made numerous presentations to Stanford students, distinguished visitors, and community groups on a variety of topics relating to twentieth-century history, the history of the Hoover Institution, and conducting research in the Library & Archives. His articles have appeared in the Hoover Digest  and other popular and scholarly publications.

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Analysis and Commentary

Should Poland Be Afraid Of Donald Trump?

by Nicholas Siekierskiinterview with Paul R. Gregory, Thomas H. Henriksenvia Instytut Wolnosci
Monday, August 1, 2016

Poland and the rest of Europe have long looked to the United States for leadership in difficult times. The upcoming elections in America could upend the political establishment and herald a new era in American foreign policy. The instability of the EU and Russia's growing assertiveness are serious problems that must be met firmly and with resolve.

Herbert Hoover Subject Collection, Envelope BBBB, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

Rare Film Of Herbert Hoover In Warsaw In 1946

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Research Teacher
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A little-known film of Herbert Hoover’s visit to Poland in 1946 is available to view on YouTube. The footage taken during the former presidents time in Warsaw, the capital city devastated during the Warsaw Uprising and its aftermath, is a rare look at the conditions in the city soon after the end of World War II.

Hoover Institution Archives— Jan Karski Papers

“So Many Others Stood Silent”

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jan Karski brought the Holocaust to the world’s attention and fought to free Poland, his homeland. He also amassed historical treasure for the Hoover Archives.

Windows into History

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 18, 2013

In seldom-seen treasures from the Hoover Archives, stories of artists and their times.

In the News

Herbert Hoover’s Indictment of Allied Strategy

by Nicholas Siekierskiwith Hoover Institution, Herbert Hoover, Stubvia Paprika Politik
Friday, August 16, 2013

Why should the cost of defeating Hitler have been the enslavement of Eastern Europe?

Unlocking Andrzej Pomian's London Archive

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Behind the Scenes
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Andrzej Pomian, who died four years ago in Washington, DC, at the age of ninety-seven, was a Polish journalist and author who spent many years working for Radio Free Europe.

Maneater

Mightier than Swords

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

During the worst conflict the world has ever known, propaganda images were sharpened into weapons of mass persuasion. By Nicholas Siekierski.

Herbert Hoover's Grand Parade in Warsaw

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today marks the 93rd anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s historic visit to Warsaw, Poland. It wasn’t his first visit, nor his last, but surely the most memorable and one of the most moving experiences of his life. At that time Herbert Hoover was chairman of the American Relief Administration (A.R.A.), which had begun to provide massive humanitarian aid to Eastern Europe, then recovering from the devastation of World War I.

Former president Herbert Hoover poses with his namesake tower in August 1951.

Ideas and Consequences

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 26, 2009

Celebrating the ninetieth birthday of the Hoover Institution, a revolutionary place. By Nicholas Siekierski.

Dictators Dance, by Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers

As the Clever Hopes Expired

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shattered Peace, a new Hoover exhibit, focuses on the outbreak of World War II seventy years ago. By Nicholas Siekierski.