- The collection consists of 237 photographs documenting the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alice Robinson Lev
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Keywords & Subjects
- Corporate Name
- Zeilsheim (Displaced persons camp)
- Holder of Originals
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Legal Status
- Permanent Collection
- The photographs were taken by Ephraim Mayer Robinson while working as a photographer at the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp between 1945 and 1948. Alice Lev, the daughter of Ephraim Mayer Robinson, sent the photographs to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 1992. She donated them to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 2002.
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Also in Ephraim M. Robinson family collection
The collection consists of a wardrobe trunk and photographs relating to the experiences of Ephraim M. Robinson and his family in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany after World War II.
Date: 1945-1948 October
Domed, wardrobe-style trunk used by the Rubinzon (later Robinson) family for their voyage from Zeilsheim displaced persons camp in Germany to the United States in October 1948. The family bought the trunk, and two others, secondhand just prior to their journey. Efraim Rubinzon, was in Warsaw, Poland, with his recently widowed mother and brother when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Later that fall, Efraim escaped from German soldiers and made his way to Soviet-controlled territory. He agreed to work in a coal mine in exchange for official travel papers to get his mother and brother across the Soviet border, but they both perished before they could use them. Efraim used his agronomy training to secure work on collective farms throughout the western Soviet Union. During this time, he met recently widowed Sara Shpigel Ghingis on a farm near Tashkent (now Uzbekistan). Sara’s husband had been conscripted into the army and died fighting in Leningrad. She had given birth to her daughter, Fania (later Fay Shlimovitz) in July 1941, as she fled from the German invasion of Soviet-controlled territory in Bessarabia. In March 1944, Efraim and Sara married, and were still in Uzbekistan when the Soviets recaptured the region later that year. In November, they made their way to Romanovka in Bessarabia (now Basarabeasca, Moldova), where Henia (later Alice Lev) was born. Efraim worked in a dairy until August 1945, when he paid a farmer to smuggle the family into Soviet-controlled Romania. Jewish agents helped them continue their flight westward. That October, the Rubinzon family was sent to Zeilsheim. While at the camp, Efraim worked as a photographer, and Sara had Joseph in 1946.