Memoirs of a Silesian Jew, born Simon Sigmunt Zollmann, describing his flight from Warsaw to the Soviet zone of occupation in 1939 and his return to Warsaw. He escaped from the Warsaw ghetto in late 1942 and lived on the "Aryan side" with a false German identity. He recounts the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and liberation by Soviet troops.
Jewish Holocaust Centre
Simon Sigmund Zollmann (Alex Colman) was born in April 1906, in what was then the Austrian town of Bielitz. There was no Poland then; Poland did not exist on the map for 150 years prior to 1918. When, in 1918, Bielitz became the Polish town of Bielsko, Simon was 12 and was allowed to finish his schooling using the German language. Simon was one of four children. His father, Julius, owned a general store in the small coalmining town of Dziedzice. His mother, Francisca, was born in Vienna. She died when Simon was 10.
After he finished high school, Simone studied the textile trade at Karl Jankowski & Son, a company established in 1826. Bielitz was then world famous for its textiles. In 1926 Simon was sent by his employer to Warsaw, where he was working when war broke out in 1939.