Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sigmund Rubin - January 12, 1982


Are you more at ease talking to other survivors about this?

I'm sorry?

Are you, you've talked with other survivors?

Yes, I did. As a matter uh, you know, I, I'm a member of uh, B'nai Brith Lodge, Einstein Lodge. And we have, I think you know about it, we have a educational Holocaust committee. And, uh...

I'm on the committee.

Yes, I know. We were guests in your school once. And the fact is, you know, we had an appointment to go out to Farmington Hills High School last Monday, but the schools were closed.



Because of the weather.

Of the weather, yeah. And the 14th, the day after tomorrow we have a symposium in Jackson, which I'm not going to take part of because I'm going out of town for vacation.

Have you ever been to Israel?

Yeah, 1970.

When you were in Israel, did you check with the relocation or with the organizations that unites families?

Yes, I did. As a matter of fact I was in Vad Yashem too. I had a terrible experience there, terrible experience. I uh, we went with that tour to Vad Yashem and I came in there, there was a little desk with the forms to fill out for people that were, lost their lives in the Holocaust. And I asked the man what it is, and there was a man standing there, I asked him what it is and he says, he told me what it is. So he says, I says, I, I, I lost some people in my family, I would like some. So he says, how many do you want? When he asked me how I want, how many I want, I got so hysterical they had to lead me out of there. I, this was the first time that happened to me. I'll never forget this. The next day we went--I don't remember where it was--I think it was a, another part, I don't remember where it was. So the people didn't want me to get close. They said, we don't want the same thing to happen what happened yesterday to you. It was a terrible experience. But uh, I, you know and ever since, I, I, I didn't get, I can't pull together myself and send in those forms of the victims of my family. I'll wait here and maybe, I'm sure they'll have here some. When they open this memorial center I'll take care of it because I feel guilty. But I can't get it together to do that. This is the only thing that bothers me so much.

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