Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sonia Nothman - January 4, 1983


How large was your family? How many brothers and sisters did you have?

I have two brothers. My oldest brother lives here, he survived the war. And my youngest. And I...I have five sisters.

Um, did you have any other family living in the same town? Any aunts or uncles?

Oh, oh. Of course. I have grandparents and I have an uncle. A big family we have and we have--and my mother's family lived in Łódź, it was a city, you know. My mother's parents came from Łódź. So I used to go with my mother a few times to visit.

Um, how large was your extended family would you guess before the war, counting all your cousins and aunts and uncles?

Maybe forty people or even more. Because they were scattered all over. In Paris and Belgium. All over.

How many of those people survived the war?

How many people survived, let me see. Four, five, six. From my family just me, my two sisters and my brother. Nine of aunts were in Paris, but they were, during the war they were in Switzerland. They went there before the war. Not my father, my uncles, all of them are gone. I have two cousins in New York ???.

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