Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Maroko - February 19 & 26, 1986


How many members were in your family?

Um, I had two, one older sister, one older brother and in Amsterdam um, in '26 a younger sister was born. We were a total of four children.

And your parents--was there an extended family also in, in Holland?

We were in Holland the only branch of our family. All of our relatives uh, remained in Poland.

Um, how many members of your family remained in Poland?

Um, My mother was one of nine. My father had uh, one sister who also uh, was living with us, which I--by the way, just now remembered. My father's sister stayed with us until about 1929 or '30 when she got married. And then another sister of my father came to live with us uh, and she stayed there until maybe five or six or seven years. Then she...

In Amsterdam.

In Amsterdam. She went back to Poland to marry someone there.

So the extended family, with aunts and uncles and cousins, how large would you estimate it was?

Uh, I know about my mother who had uh, eight siblings, and my father had in Poland left uh, a few, maybe two or, or so. But uh, I believe all of them were married and all had children.

Do you know how many of that family survived?

Um, of all those people this first aunt that I mentioned survived uh, my father's sister. And also a brother of my mother is alive and lives in Oak Park.

And the rest.

The rest all uh, were uh, murdered in World War II.

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