Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Desperate Note

Otto Simmonds, a German-born Jewish physician who lived with his family in France, dashed off this desperate note to his wife and daughter from inside a railcar bound for Auschwitz in August 1942. “Fifty of us in one car!!” he wrote, his last words to his family. “Be brave and courageous. I’ll be the same.” A railway worker discovered the letter in a tattered envelope on a train track and, intent that it reach the Simmonds family, added his own heartfelt message, placed it in a new envelope, and mailed it to Otto’s wife. for more click here

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