"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)
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Sid Moszer was born in Cologne, Germany in September 1925. He had four brothers and two sisters. He went to school and experienced the Nazi legislations and persecutions. On November 9-10, 1938, Kristallnacht, he saw his synagogue burning. He was Bar-Mitvahed in October and his father, soon after, was deported, though was later reunited with his family. In December Sid and his family migrated in small groups, with help from relatives already living there, to England on a temporary transit Visa. He was 13 years old. In the fall of 1940 his family’s quota number came up and they immigrated to the United States, arriving on October 3, 1940. He was 15 years old.
After graduating from Standard Evening High School in Philadelphia, Sid was drafted into the American Army in January 1944 and then became a naturalized citizen on March 24, 1944. After training, he served in Europe during World War II and the subsequent occupation with the 14th Infantry Regiment of the 71st Infantry Division beginning in January 1945. During the occupation he served as an interpreter for the Counter Intelligence Corps who interrogated Nazi individuals and then he served with the Military Government. He was honorably discharged in June 25, 1946.
He returned to the United States and married Eva, a Kindertransport survivor, in 1954. They now have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He is a retired engineer and now tutors B’nai Mitvah students part time.