Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Goldman - June 6, 2003

Visiting Holocaust Museum

Well actually you said you went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington.


What was that like, going there?

Well, that, that, that's a horrible thing for me to see how the people perished in Auschwitz and Treblinka and all that, because I think all my, most of my family--I mean, I should say the whole family--perished in, what you call it, camp--now I can't think of the name now. It was near, near, near Warsaw, the...

You don't mean Treblinka?

...yeah, Treblinka.


Yeah, most of them perished in Treblinka.

The chances are pretty good that they wound up in Treblinka.

From that area.

Or were shot. One or the other. But you went there. Was it hard to go there?

To the Holocaust?

Yeah, to the Museum.

Well, I went there, it was depressing, you know, going through all that stuff. I went to this one over here first. And uh, because this one wasn't that much as the one in, in Washington. Washington was really, really moves a person. Especially what we went through.

You looked up your relatives there.

As I said, I was looking. And I looked under--I cross-checked Goldmans and whatever Goldman turned up.

Did it surprise you that in the last five, seven years or so there are all these things like Schindler's List and all these academy award-winning movies about the Holocaust, The Pianist and all that. Did you go see any of those?

Yes. Schindler's List I walked out in part of it, you know, it was so depressing. Couldn't tell you exactly what part.

The ghetto, yeah.

Because I had not had the experience of being in the ghetto, you know.

And The Pianist, did you see The Pianist? The Pianist?

Oh yes, that I saw. That's, yeah. I think that's a great movie, The Pianist. It's really, that's what happened, that's what really happened.

All of a sudden there this interest in the Holocaust. Does that surprise you at all?

No I think uh, you know, as we get older we're going to disappear pretty soon. And you're going to be left, too many of us left and uh, I think it's wise to talk about it and let people know that it shouldn't happen again.

Okay, I think this'll be a good place to stop. 58

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