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Oral history interview with Rubin Minsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 2000.91.16 | RG Number: RG-50.493.0016

Rubin Minsky, born on February 18, 1919 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses his sisters Tova, Leah, Hanna, and Luba; being the second oldest; his father who made caps, pens, and other products that his mother helped to sell; his family being able to stay together until 1942; the establishment of the large ghetto in 1941 and a smaller ghetto in 1942; the conditions which were very bad and many people were starving; his youngest sister being arrested at the beginning of 1942 and being sent on a transport to Treblinka (she did not survive); Germans arriving in the ghettos with tanks; staying in basement bunkers; being sent to Majdanek for about a month; being sent to Auschwitz and his work building a factory which produced synthetic rubber and synthetic gasoline for three years; being sent to Buchenwald around 1945; arriving in a train which had about 10 wagons that were mostly filled with people who did not survive the journey; being liberated; going to Halberstadt, Germany, where he met and married his wife; sneaking into Belgium after being denied a visa; living in Belgium for four years; the birth of his first son in 1946; moving in 1953 with his family to the United States; his three children; and his tattoo from Auschwitz.


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Interviewee
Rubin Minsky
Interviewer
Howard A. Rosenberg
Date
interview:  1992 September 13
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
 
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