Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Michael Opas - [n.d.]

Family Life

Can you--what was your father's occupation?

My father was in the bakery business. He was a baker. Had his own bakery.

Mm-hm. What was the size of your family?

Quite large. My, my personal family?


Me, my wife and my, and my son.

And your, and your family you grew up with.

Yeah, I grew up with uh, I have three sisters and two more brothers.


They all disappeared.


One sister from all of us--and it was six of us--one sister survived. And uh, unfortunately passed away now nine years ago in Israel. But I had uh, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws. I had uncles, aunts, cousins. In the immediate family around sixty people. No one survived. One cousin survived in uh, a first cousin survived, he lives now in Florida. And then I have some second cousins, I mean, children of my cousins that live in Israel. I don't know many--I don't know of any, of any more survivors.

Can you describe your household as a child?

It was a very happy childhood, very happy. I was somewhat--my parents were well-to-do. Well, we had servants in the house and uh, and uh, it was always--I was uh, I was going to school. I finished high school in Poland.

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