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Collection Bernard Cytryn Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-18
Dates of Creation 1983 - 2009
Extent of Description 0.4 linear foot (1 box)
Creator Bernard Cytryn
Other Creators Inge Horowitz
Admin/Biographical History Bernard Cytryn was born on June 3, 1927 in Kielce, Poland. After his parents divorced, Bernard lived with his mother, Dywoira, brother, Srulki, and grandmother, Bluma in Kielce. In 1939 the family was forced to move into the Kielce ghetto. Between 1941 and 1942, Srulki was deported and Bluma disappeared.

In 1942 The Kielce ghetto was liquidated. Bernard was separated from his mother who was deported to Treblinka while Bernard was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. From there, he was sent to a number of concentration camps, including Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg, Mauthausen, Gross-Rosen, and Treblinka. Near the end of the war, he was sent on a death march between camps, ending up in Bergen-Belsen. He was liberated on April 27, 1945.

After the end of the war, Bernard ended up in a DP camp in Bavaria. From there, his aunts, Phyllis Luftig and Eva Markowitz, helped to bring him to the U.S. He arrived in the States on May 26, 1946. Bernard later served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950-1952. He lived in Richmond for several years before settling in Florida.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English.
Scope & Content The Cytyrn, Bernard Family Papers contain biographical materials, articles, correspondences, and copies of Bernard's publication, Spinal Cord Injury Physical Breakthrough. Biographical materials provide information on Bernard, as well as his immediate family. Correspondences include personal and professional letters, most of which discuss Bernard's life in Florida and his work as a massage therapist. Copies of Bernard's book include several preliminary drafts, as well as the final publication, and associated notes and correspondences.
Subjects Kielce, Poland
Trzebinia, Poland
Schwabmünchen, Bavaria
Kielce ghetto
Auschwitz-Birkenau (concentration camp)
Treblinka (concentration camp)
Buchenwald (concentration camp)
Dachau (concentration camp)
Sachsenhausen (concentration camp)
Mauthausen (concentration camp)
Gross-Rosen (concentration camp)
Oranienburg (concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen (concentration camp)
Kloster Indersdorf (displaced persons camp)
Messerschmitt AG
United States - Emigration and Immigration - History - 20th Century
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