Bernard Cytryn Family Papers / Record Group 18

Title Bernard Cytryn Family Papers

Dates 1983–2009

Accession Number RG-09

Extent 0.4 linear foot (1 box)

Provenance Bernard Cytryn

Biographical Note

Bernard Cytryn was born on June 3, 1927, in Kielce, Poland. After his parents divorced, Bernard lived with his mother, Dyworia, 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.

Restriction on Access No restriction    Restriction on Use No restriction    Language English

Preferred Citation Virginia Holocaust Museum, Record Group 18, Bernard Cytryn Family Papers, [Folder #].

Scope and Content

The Cytryn, 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. 


Box Folder Contents
1 1 Biographical materials
1 2 Articles
1 3 Personal correspondences
1 4 Correspondences containing professional documents
1 5 Professional correspondences
1 6 Professional documents
1 7 Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Breakthrough draft, and association correspondence
1 N/A Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Breakthrough draft
1 N/A Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Breakthrough draft

Indexing Terms

  • Kielce, Poland
  • Trzebinia, Poland
  • SchwabmĂĽchen, 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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