Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Luba Elbaum - January 20, 1982

Searching for Survivors

Have you ever been to Israel?

Yeah, oh, a lot.

Really? I see your daughter is there.

Yeah, I had not too much--not too good experience here too, you know.

What do you mean?

Here my daughter used to go around with a boy here already in the States--my daughter used to go around an ???

Did you go to Yad Vashem to check the books...

Yeah, yeah.

...to see?

Yeah, yeah.

You never found anybody there.

No. I don't have to go find it because I really--go in Poland and when I go in camps I have all information. I say, "My mother went away to Bełż...to Bełżyce, you hear about this, in the big trains." When I was still home the train came. And they all--the Polacks--the Pollakin--I mean, our neighbors--the Polish people--they saw my mother go away because they all were looking for ???. They were--there could be survivors, they're looking there. The German, they let them see what's going on in the world. And my mother was thirty-seven years old. My mother was a young woman when she got them. And like I say, they saw my father run away--they kill him. And uh, and uh, and my--all my cousins, all my cousins they went in--how do you call--on the underground in the Polish--like I mean the underground. Like in Warsaw ghetto, you know, they were on the underground. They were in the--how do you call it here? In the--how do you call it here? The trees. How you call here?

The woods.

In the woods. They all go in the woods. Because my cousin was in the woods. And I came back to Poland--his wife--they shoot her out in the heart and him in the head.

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