Rubin P. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording15 June 1983
Duration1h 57m 31.0s
SynopsisRubin P. was born in 1924 in Zdzieciol, Poland (now Dzyatlava, Belarus). He describes his family and their religious life. He recalls his education and attending yeshiva in a nearby town. He recalls increased antisemitism. He describes the Soviet occupation in 1939 and changes to local businesses. He describes the German invasion in 1941 and hiding from fighting. He recalls anti-Jewish regulations and the establishment of the judenrat. He describes a mass killing. He describes being taken for forced labour. Rubin describes ghettoization and the poor conditions. He discusses joining the partisan group in the ghetto and smuggling weapons. He describes the mass execution where his parents and sister were killed. He describes hiding during the next round up and their escape. He discusses antisemitism amongst the Russian partisans. Rubin describes how their group snuck into Dworzec labour camp. He describes their escape from the camp into the forest to join the partisans. He describes receiving assistance from villagers and an outbreak of typhus among the group. He describes German attacks on the partisans. He recalls liberation by Soviet troops and conscription into the Soviet military. He discusses fleeing to Lodz with his sister in 1945. He describes staying in Bergen-Belsen DP camp. He describes reuniting with his older brother. He discusses their decision to immigrate to Canada. He describes arriving in Montreal in 1948 and describes the Jewish community. He describes moving to Winnipeg, marriage, and having children. He discusses sharing his experience with his children. Rubin discusses revenge. He discusses his loss of faith while maintaining Jewish traditions in his family. He describes his experiences travelling to Israel and meeting other survivors from his hometown. Rubin shows photographs.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.