Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Zoltan Rubin - January 12, 1983


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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  1. Pre-War Life
  2. Family
  3. Father and Brother
  4. Extended Family
  5. Religious Life
  6. Relations with Non-Jews
  7. Czechoslovakian Leadership
  8. Increased Anti-Semitism
  9. Arrest of Father
  10. Possibilities of Leaving
  11. First Deportations
  12. Economic Exemption
  13. Deportation of Parents
  14. Attempt to Rescue Parents
  15. Failure to Find Parents
  16. Joining the Partisans
  17. Fate of Family
  18. Jena
  19. Jews in P.O.W. Camps
  20. End of War
  21. Reaction to Persecution of Father
  22. Return Home
  23. Immigration to Canada
  24. Talking About Experience

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