Zoltan Rubin was born in Kapúsány, Czechoslovakia. He is the
youngest child in a large family of eight sons and three daughters. His family
was fairly well off since his father owned a large farm and several mills.
Zoltan and his parents were protected from deportation by an economic exemption
until 1942 when the exemption was eliminated and his parents were deported.
Zoltan was able to avoid deportation by using Gentile papers given to him
by friends. In 1944, he was captured with a group of partisans and sent to
a prisoner-of-war camp near Jena where he was part of a forced labor detail
digging tunnels for the Germans. Towards the end of the war, he escaped with
three others and lived off the land for about six weeks until the American
army arrived in the area. He was later reunited with an older brother who
was a doctor with the Czechoslovakian army.
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