Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sigmund Rubin - January 12, 1982


We got in that, we stayed about five months there. In the meantime, the Germans got to a point that they were, you know, closing, getting, trying to get out. They came, they took over the stable, they got in there with horses. And at that time when they got in with horses we felt much safe, safer, you know. And uh, short after that the Russians took over and we got freed. After we got out of the place, we went back to that little town of ours where we left from, Nowy Korczyn. We got in touch with the uh, Russian uh, military police. We told them who we are. I don't know whether they were proud of us or not, but it looks like they, they were concerned about us. And one of the men suggested that we shouldn't stay there, that we should go back, you know, behind their, their lines. He gave us a, a, I don't know what you call it, he gave us in writing that uh, any, any military vehicle should stop and pick us up and take us down at least fifty kilometers down. We went out the highway and uh, we stopped some of them didn't respond, but one soldier stopped and picked us up and took us down about fifty kilometers, fifty or sixty to a little town ??? we stayed there a few weeks until the place was safe and came back to Nowy Korczyn. Being in Nowy Korczyn, we stayed there a few weeks again. That was the early part of February. They tried to get rid of us, the Polacks. I don't know who it was, but they threw a grenade in our arms. Yes. The next day after this happened--the grenade didn't explode--the next day after this happened, we left in the middle of the night and we went to Łódź, to my town. This is where I, we stayed 'til the fall. In the fall we got papers, we went to Germany. In Germany 1946 I got married with my cousin. In 1947 we, my wife had a baby. He's now 34 years old, he's married, he has a daughter nine years old, he lives in Long Beach, California. And uh, in 1949 we came to this country. I would also like to mention that my wife, who is my cousin, her father and my father were brothers, see. And uh, she too is the only one who survived. She was all the time with me hiding. We were together since 1942. And uh, she also lost one sister, her parents of course, and five brothers. She's the only one who survived. In 1949 we came to this country and we built a new, a new life. In 1951, my wife gave birth to a, not...to my daughter who now is also married, has two granddaughters, lives in West Bloomfield, happily married. And we are happy.

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