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Category: Translation - German
Approval Date: 1/20/2013 3:54 PM
Family Surname: Simson
Country: Germany
Town: Suhl
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This is page 4 of 5 of a German document I received from a Historian that has assisted me with my Family Research. I would love to get a translation to English of roughly what the document contains.

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1/20/2013 9:04 PM Even before 1933 there was an active National Socialist movement in Thuringia. In 1927, Fritz Sauckel of Hassfurt started a hate campaign against the Simson Family, which to his great consternation, was unsuccessful.

In 1930 there was a Personal Simson train Station which was listed on the route from Berlin-Suhl-Basel.

january 30, 1933: The previously unsuccessful attempts by Sauckel in 1927, and then in 1930 and 1931 by the Thuringian State Minister Frick began again with government support. On May 5, 1933 Sauckel was appointed to a government post. One of his first duties was to clean out the Simsons.

In 1935 members of the family were taken into "protective custody" in Berlin Moabit. Sauckel arranged for the confiscation of the factory, and fortunately the family escaped to Switzerland Feb. 9, 1936.

Arthur Simson, (1882-1969) was the head of the company, exhausted by the years-long detention, humiliation, and slander, withdrew and died a broken man in Los Angeles at age 87.

Two couples from the family did not get out of Nazi Germany and were murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.

After the end of the second world war, July,3 1945, Soviet troops took over the factory. They removed 4313 machines, and blew up the part of the building which had been used for wars preparations. The rest of the factory became part of a Soviet factory. Production started on hunting rifles, bicycles and cars which were mostly sent to the USSR as war reparations.

Although late, and under different circumstances, Jeannette Simson's idea came to fruition and the company was named Simson-Werk VEB (Simson factory (peoples's company)).
An advertising film in 1964 showed the newest model Moped from the Simson-Suhl factory.
After reunification, a group of Simson heirs filed a claim and were awarded 18 million dollars, a villa and serveral properties.
Since 1990 many US family members have visited Suhl and the graves of their ancestors in jewish cemeteries of Heinrichs and Suhl. They are the ancestors who had roots in Franconia and built an enterprise of world renown.
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