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Finding Aid for the Si Frumkin papers, 1969-2010
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Si Frumkin was born in Kaunas/Kovno, Lithuania on November 5, 1930. He survived the Dachau concentration camp and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. In 1968 he founded the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews (SCCSJ.) He frequently spoke on Holocaust issues at the Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance and founded the Association of Holocaust Survivors from the former Soviet Union. The collection consists mostly of newsletters, press releases and photographs highlighting the activities of the SCCSJ and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews for more than 40 years.
Si Frumkin (born Simas Frumkinas on November 5, 1930), businessman and political activist, was born in Kaunas/Kovno, Lithuania, the son of Mykolas and Zila (nee Waisapel) Frumkinas, who owned a Willys Overland automobile and NSU motorcycle dealership. Frumkin was ten years old when the Kaunas Ghetto was established on July 10, 1941. He and his parents lived there until the Nazis closed the camp on 8 July 1944, and Frumkin and his father were deported to Dachau. His mother was separated from the family and sent to Poland. Frumkin and his father became slave laborers constructing the subterranean factories to manufacture the Messerschmitt 262 for the Phillip Holzmann's plant called "Diana II." On April 7, 1945, twenty days before the liberation of Dachau, Frumkin's father died.
56 boxes (28 linear ft.)
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