Oral history interviews with William Citron and Bela Kasztan Citron
William and Bela Citron discuss their experiences and those of their family members in Poland and in various concentration and labor camps before and during the Holocaust; their time in displaced persons camps in Germany, and their immigration to the United States during the postwar period.
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- William G. Citron
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Miriam Citron Burhans
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Also in William and Bela Citron and Miriam Citron Burhans collection
The collection consists of a suitcase, documents, and photographs relating to the experiences of William and Bela Kasztan Citron (Cytrynblum) and their families in Poland and in various concentration and labor camps before and during the Holocaust and of William, Bela, and their daughter Gela (Miriam) in displaced persons camps in Germany and their emigration to the United States during the postwar period.
Leather suitcase used by the Citron (Cytrynblum) family, 24 year-old Wolf, 22 year-old Bela, and 1 year-old Gela when they emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1949. Bela and Wolf both had been deported from their hometowns in German occupied Poland to the HASAG forced labor camp in Czechostowa, where they first met. Bela was transferred to another labor camp that was liberated in 1944 by the Soviets. Wolf was transferred to several other labor camps and was liberated in January 1945. They both lost nearly all of their family during the Holocaust. They met again after the war in a displaced persons camp in Berlin; Wolf recognized her by her beautiful long hair. The couple soon married. Gela was born in the dp camp in Stuttgart in 1948. In August 1949, they accepted the offer of the International Refugee Organization to emigrate to the United States and arrived in Boston on September 15.
The collection documents the post-war experiences of William and Bela Citron (Wolf Cytrynblum and Bela Kasztan) and their daughter Miriam Citron (Gela Machla, later Miriam Citron Burhans) in displaced persons camps in Germany prior to their immigration to the United States in 1949. Included are identification documents, photographs, a small amount of immigration documents, material related to the search for the fates of their families, and restitution paperwork. Photographs primarily document William and Bela’s time in the Foehrenwald and Stuttgart DP camps, including the birth of their daughter Miriam in 1948, and their immigration to the United States via ship in 1949. Also depicted are William’s parents Abraham Cytrynblum and Chana Cypel and Bela’s mother Machle Lehrman Kasztan.