Sima Koenig was born on March 28th 1928 in Lwow, Poland. Sima was the youngest of four (4) children of Yitzhak Koenig and Breindel Weisbrodt Koenig. Breindel passed away before the German Occupation. Sima was a witness to her father being shot by German soldiers in Lwow. Narrowly escaped a mass grave and survived the war by virtue of having Catholic Papers. She was constantly outed in Poland and always on the move, so she decided to be picked up as a Polish Slave and was sent to Germany and worked among other places, a munitions factory in Hamburg and in Farm Work. She was liberated by the Scots, replete with kilts,bagpipes and riffles.
After the war Sima returned to Poland alone and attempted to join displacement camps for Jews. She visited the Jewish Agency and they denied her entry. She was despondent and close to the edge, and finally someone from the Agency gained her entry.
There she met (sp) Andrzej Makowicz whom she married on October 6th 1948. Thereafter, Sima worked in a Sewing Factory. A Yiddish Newspaper reported that she had won an award for productivity.
Andrzej was a military officer and became a Law School Graduate from The University of Krakow. He became both a Military Judge and private Lawyer.
In 1952, her first son Henry was born. Mariusz followed in 1958. They enjoyed opera and theater, and often times soldiers were the children’s babysitters.
Having each located family in the United States. The family moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1962 where they started a new life near Sima’s Sister, Chana. Sima was a housewife and homemaker but also did work as a Baby Sitter. She also worked in a garment store in Harlem on weekends and holidays.
Although of modest means in the US they crimped and saved for a good retirement, traveled throughout the states, particularly in New York State. She enjoyed music, dancing, singing, 2 Soap Operas-‘One Life To Live’ and , 'General Hospital’, Romance Novels, walking, swimming and Aerobics. During the Summers, the family spent over 3 weeks camping in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State every year, visited historic sites and places, and natural wonders such as Niagara Falls on both the American and Canadian side. They also spent each Winter from the late 70’s camping in a different Florida Key.
Sima and her husband retired to Boca Raton in about 1992. They summered in Colorado, Vermont and Idaho, visited many of the National Parks in the contiguous states.
They also spent time Israel and Europe, such as Paris, Switzerland and Poland. Reuniting with friends, colleagues and those they had met in the displacement camps after the war.
And those that Andrew had liberated and stayed in touch with after the war.
She and her husband moved to Colorado in the Summer of 2014 to live near their son Mark (Mariusz) and his family. Andrew passed in 2015 from Lung Cancer.
Sima passed on October 2nd 2019 from Congestive Heart Failure and Dementia, while under in-home Hospice and 24 hour care.
She leaves behind her son's Mark Makowitz (Samadar) and Henry Makowitz. Her Grandsons, Shalom Chai, Yehuda Makowitz Alexander W. Criswell and Granddaughters, Adina Malka and Yocheved Rivkah. Nieces: Renee (Gorfinkel), Harriet Goldstein, Brenda (Koenig) Hayden-Simon and Janet (Koenig). Grand-Nieces and Grand-Nephews: Amy Kuperinsky, Ian Zucker and Ian Hayden-Simon, Brandon Kuperinsky and numerous others.
Sima was described by one of her nieces as having a bubbly personality and a beautiful smile.