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Oral history interview with Simon Cymerath

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.232.0017

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Simon Cymerath describes growing up in a close-knit family in Starowice, Poland; his siblings; his education; experiencing antisemitism as a child; religious observance in his family; the German occupation of Poland; having to register as Jews and wear armbands; being moved with his family into a ghetto; doing forced labor at an ammunition factory; being taken to a factory (Lipowa 7) near Lublin, Poland in 1940; life in the labor camp; an attempted escape from the labor camp; the deportation of his family to Treblinka, where his parents and youngest brother perished; being separated from his two other brothers and sent to Auschwitz; life and inmate attitudes in the camp; working as a painter on a Monowitz (Buna) work detail; trading stolen paint for food; the evacuation of the camp and being sent on a death march with other prisoners; being liberated by American troops; working for several years with the American Army; reuniting with his only surviving brother; immigrating to the United States in 1950; and his thoughts on his survival and sharing his story.

Interviewee
Simon Cymerath
Interviewer
Sidney M. Bolkosky
Date
1982 June 08  (interview)
Geography
creation : Oak Park (Mich.)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes : analog.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:44:30
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