Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Kalmas - May 25, 1982


What was the size of your family?

Size of my family was seven. I had two brothers, two sisters and myself, mom and dad.

Aunts and uncles?

Yes, I had aunts and uncles, cousins.

How many?

None of them left that I know of. I want to put it this way, I had a cousin in Israel who left by the First Aliyah--the Halutz...Halutzim in 19...I believe '21 was it. And I went to see him. He died about a year--two years ago, so...

He has family over there?

He has a family over there. He got married there--he got children and grandchildren.

So how many aunts and uncles did you have?

Ah, from my mother's side I had even my grandmother that I don't even know what happened to her. I had aunts and uncles from my mother's side, I had aunts and uncles from my father's side. And I have not the slightest idea what became of them, because uh, they were separated a long time--before even uh, we went to Auschwitz.

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