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Rubin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1345) interviewed by Ada Bloom and David Conn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1345

Videotape testimony of Rubin S. who was born in Kłobuck, Poland in 1926, one of six children in a poor family. His recalls that his father ran the mikveh and sold fish; prevalent antisemitism particularly at Passover; German occupation; ghettoization in 1940; supporting the family with the help of one brother and sister; his father and older brother hiding; deportation in 1942 to Markstädt; and praying while marching to work. Mr. S. describes transfer to Fünfteichen in June 1943; a two-month death march from camp to camp in late 1944; train transport to Bergen-Belsen in February 1945 (only one in ten who began the journey survived); clearing bodies into mass graves; cannibalism; liberation in April; remaining in Bergen-Belsen through November; reunion with a sister; travelling with her to Frankfurt to find their brother; living in Weiden displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States in 1949 sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Family Service. He notes that his brother and sister know more about what happened to his family but will not discuss it with him and that his nightmares have recently returned.

S., Rubin, 1926-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
March 19, 1989.
Kłobuck (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rubin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1345). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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