Bernard Klisman

"Never forget the Holocaust. "

Name at birth
Benek Klisman
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Sosnowiec, Poland.
Name of father, occupation
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, me, six brothers and one sister: Yakov, Leon, and Luba are the only known names.
Who survived the Holocaust?
Only I survived the concentration camps. Two brothers that escaped to Russia prior to the war, then moved to Australia.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
What DP Camp were you after the war?
Yes, in Munich.
Where did you go after being liberated?
When did you come to the United States?
December 1949.
Where did you settle?
Detroit, MI.
How is it that you came to Michigan?
The Jewish organization in the DP camp arranged it.
Occupation after the war
Factory worker, then sales representative.
When and where were you married?
1951 in Detroit, MI.
Sophie Klisman.
Mark, a director of a lab at St Mary’s hospital; Lori Ellis, a speech pathologist.
What do you think helped you to survive?
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Never forget the Holocaust. 
Charles Silow
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