Harry Cymerint

"Don't be intolerant, treat everyone equally"

Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Ostrovice, Poland
Name of father, occupation
Joseph, Shoemaker
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Leah, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, four sons, one daughter: Simon, Philip, Morris, Harry and Paula
How many in entire extended family?
Too many to count
Who survived the Holocaust?
Simon and myself. After the war, my brother died when the ship he was on was blown up.
When I was at Auschwitz, for a period of time, I worked in the Crematorium.  After a while, they would kill the Crematorium workers.  I had a feeling it was “my time,” that I would soon be killed.  One day, the Germans announced that they were looking for tradesmen; painters, carpenters, electricians.  If you called out that you were a painter, then they would ask you questions about painting.  If you lied and did not know about painting, they would shoot you on the spot.  The guy standing right next to me lied and they shot him on the spot.  I used to go to school half a day and paint half a day.  I answered their questions correctly and moved into another camp.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Occupation after the war
Sally, Homemaker
Jeffrey, Financial Services; Joyce, Case manager for the elderly; Linda, Annuities
Seven Grandchildren: Aaron White, Jordan White, Shane Blankenship, Chance Blankenship, Beau Blankenship, Jacob Cymerint, Katelyn Cymerint. Five Great Grandchildren: Aubriella Blankenship, Lucas Blankenship, River Blankenship, Dakota Blankenship
What do you think helped you to survive?
My brother helped me. Luck and determination helped me survive the death march. Luck, determination, attitude, never gave up.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Don't be intolerant, treat everyone equally
Charles Silow
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