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Oral history interview with Simon Reise

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.153.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0913

Simon Reise was born Shimon Rajze on October 19, 1931 in Warsaw, Poland to Ephraim and Hinda (née Rosenberg) Reise. He discusses being the youngest of six children; his siblings Avraham (b. 1914), Shaul ( b. 1916), Paula, Mordecai, and Shmuel; his father being a WWI veteran running a cigarette kiosk; his family being religious and living in a Jewish neighborhood; being away at a summer camp when Germany invaded Poland; running away with his brother Mordecai, while his mother left with his brother Shmuel; travelling with his sister Paula by train to Białystok; reuniting with his mother and brothers in Ukraine; getting deported with his mother, Shmuel, and Paula by the Russians to a gulag; getting released in 1941 after Germany invaded Russia and taking a train to Kazakhstan, arriving in October 1941; recovering from typhoid fever in a hospital; working in the fields; his brothers Mordecai and Avraham getting drafted; returning to Poland after the end of the war; going with a youth group to Vienna, Austria where he attended an American run school in Mauthausen; his mother and sister going to Salzburg; attending a machinist vocational school; his father and brother Shaul likely perishing during the war; his sister marrying and having a son in Germany; going to Italy in 1946; going to Israel around 1948; working as a machinist; he and his brother serving in the Israeli Army; going to Brazil and then immigrating to the United States; marrying and settling in New York; and later moving to Florida. After the interview, Simon showed a photo of himself at 19 in Germany, and a photo of his sister in 1938.

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Reise, Simon
Navazelskis, Ina
interview:  2017 February 21
creation: Boca Raton (Fla.)
Oral histories.
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Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:16:55
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