Person:Claus Simon (1)

Claus Leopold Simon, Deli Industry Pioneer
b.20 March 1924 Düsseldorf, Germany
  1. Claus Leopold Simon, Deli Industry Pioneer1924 - 2001
  • HClaus Leopold Simon, Deli Industry Pioneer1924 - 2001
  • W.  Steffi Nieder (add)
m. 16 July 1950
Facts and Events
Name Claus Leopold Simon, Deli Industry Pioneer
Gender Male
Birth[3] 20 March 1924 Düsseldorf, Germany
Marriage 16 July 1950 Los Angeles County, Californiato Steffi Nieder (add)
Death[3] 18 March 2001 Saint Charles County, Missouri

About Claus L. Simon

Claus Leopold "C.L." Simon was born 20 March 1924 in Düsseldorf, Germany, son of Emil Simon and his wife Mary. Claus and his parents, being German Jews, suffered the horrors of the Nazi regime during World War II, and were lucky to survive. Claus was held at four Nazi concentration camps at Rivesaltes and Compiègne in France; Buchenwald and Schönebeck in Germany during the war. According to his testimony for the USC Shoah Foundation in 1996, Claus escaped German forces during a forced march between camps and was able to conceal his identity by hiding in barns, convents and monasteries until being re-captured by the Nazi's and later rescued at the Schönebeck Detachment Camp by American soldiers at the end of the war in 1945.

According the California Passenger and Crew List Index, Claus L. Simon, age 23, arrived 26 April 1947 in San Pedro aboard the ship "Delftdijk", which originated from Rotterdam, Netherlands. His father Emil Simon, age 66, Lawyer, was listed on the same ship's passenger list immediately before him. Claus met and married his wife Steffi Neider on 16 July 1950 in Los Angeles County, California.

Claus Simon founded C.L. Simon Fine Foods, a specialty food broker that operated in Southern California for many years, and would become one of the premier brokers of cheese, meats and other specialty food products. Claus would later add a "cut and wrap" cheese operation to the company until the technology surpassed C.L. Simon's capabilities. Later, C.L. Simon would be acquired by another local Southern California broker, Bromar Southern California.

During his career, Claus was very active in a local Southern California food-industry trade association, the Dairy/Deli/Bakery Council (DDBC), an organization that still exists today in 2014.
Claus was a member of the Deli Council at its inception in 1960, served on the Deli Council's Board of Directors for many years and was first recognized by the Deli Council in January 1971, when he received its "Big Cheese" Award, and again later was recognized for his leadership in the Deli industry, when we was awarded the "Supplier of the Year" Award in 1987. Claus continued to be an active supporter of the DDBC throughout the years and in recognition of that on-going leadership and support received the DDBC's "Hall of Fame" Award in 1989.

Claus Simon passed away on 18 March 2001 in Saint Charles County, Missouri, where he and his wife Steffi had moved prior to 1995 after his retirement from the food industry. His contributions, support and innovations in the food industry were numerous and will be remembered by his friends and co-workers for many years.

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  1.   California, United States. California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959. (Washington, D.C.:

    California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1957
    Name: Claus L Simon
    Arrival Date: 26 Apr 1947
    Age: 23
    Birth Date: abt 1924
    Birthplace: Duesseldorf, Germany
    Gender: Male
    Ethnicity: German
    Ship Name: Delftdijk
    Port of Arrival: San Pedro, Wilmington and Los Angeles
    Port of Departure: Rotterdam
    Last Residence: Netherland
    Archive information (series:roll number): m1764:115

  2.   United States. U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992: (Indexed in World Archives Project). (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010).

    U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992
    Name: Claus Leopold Simon
    Birth Date: 20 Mar 1924
    Age at Event: 27
    Court District: California
    Date of Action: 13 Apr 1951

  3. 3.0 3.1 Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service).

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Name: Claus L. Simon
    SSN: 570-38-8699
    Last Residence: 63303 Saint Charles, Saint Charles, Missouri, USA
    BORN: 20 Mar 1924
    Died: 18 Mar 2001
    State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)

  4.   U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. (United States).

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
    Name: Claus L Simon
    Birth Date: 20 Mar 1924
    Address: 13033 Ventura Blvd, North Hollywood, CA, 91604-2219
    [37201 Village 37, Camarillo, CA, 93012-5610 (1994)]
    [13489 Cheltenham Dr, Van Nuys, CA, 91423-4815 (1993)]

  5.   U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1. (United States).

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
    Name: Claus L Simon
    Birth Date: 20 Mar 1924
    Address: 626 River Bend Estates Dr, Saint Charles, MO, 63303-6060 (1995)