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Atlanta, Georgia
February 16, 1989
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Rubin Lansky is a Holocaust survivor from Ozorkow, Poland. He was born in 1922 and had an older brother, Abram, and a younger brother and sister. He father owned a clothing store. Rubin attended Polish public schools and then went to cheder after his public school day. When the war started, Rubin and his brother hitched a ride on a car leaving town and when it ran out of gas about 50 miles outside of Ozorkow, he and his brother walked the rest of the way to Warsaw. They found Warsaw in ruins and returned to Ozorkow within a few days. At some point, Rubin 'volunteered' for a forced labor squad and was sent to work on the German Autobahn (highway system). In groups of 50, the Jewish men lived in "camps," which were moved periodically as the road grew in length. The work was hard but they were given relatively decent food and housing and were not beaten. When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union, Rubin's work squad was disbanded and he was sent to camps in Latvia and Estonia where he worked on the railroad system. Eventually Rubin ended up Riga-Kaiswerwald, the main camp for Latvia. Rubin was sent to Danzig via ship in September 1944. From Danzig he was sent to Buchenwald and then to Bochumer Verein, a steel plant/labor camp. There Rubin thought that he was not going to survive as he was assigned to retrieving fiery hot metal pieces from the presses. It was so hot that he had to be doused with water before he could even get near the machine. Figuring that he would last about two weeks in that job, he volunteered for a job locating and digging up unexploded bombs by probing for them with a stick in the rubble. Despite the danger, it at least allowed Rubin to scavenge for food in the ruins. When the Americans and British began bombing Bochumer Verein he was shipped back to Buchenwald. The conditions were very bad but shortly thereafter Rubin was shipped out in an open rail car. They wandered aimlessly until, near Pilsen in the ex-Czechoslovakia, the prisoners were asked if any of them were Czech. Rubin said he was and he was removed from the train. It turned out that the Czech-governmment-in-exile had ransomed Czech prisoners off the transport. Rubin was taken to a hospital, from which a Czech man rescued him, took him home to his family and nursed him back to health. Rubin returned to Ozorkow as soon as he was able only to find that, other than one uncle, his entire family had been murdered. Abram was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau and the rest either perished in Chelmno or shared the same fate as the Jews of Lodz. Rubin left Ozorkow. He didn't know where he was going, just that he couldn't stay there. He ended up in Bamberg, Germany where he got an apartment and a job. He met Lola Borkowska, who was in a nearby DP camp. Rubin immigrated to the United States in 1947, where Lola, who had come before him, met him at the docks. They were married shortly thereafter. Rubin and Lola eventually ended up in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Rubin Lansky (1922 -

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Lansky, Rubin (1922 - 2005)


Holocaust Survivors


Ozorkow, Poland
Poland

Poland


Lansky, Abram


Clothing Industry and Trade


Cheder
Religious Education, Jewish

Warsaw, Poland
Poland

Slave Labor
World War, 1939-1945

World War, 1939-1945


Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)


Autobahn (German highway system)


Latvia


Estonia


Riga-Kaiserwald (Slave Labor Camp: Latvia)
Slave Labor Camps: Latvia

Slave Labor Camps: Estonia
World War, 1939-1945

Slave Labor Camps: Latvia
World War, 1939-1945

Rosh Hashanah Transport


Buchenwald (Concentration Camps: Germany)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Germany

Concentration Camps: Germany
World War, 1939-1945

Slave Labor Camps: Germany
World War, 1939-1945

Bochumer Verein (Slave Labor Camp: Germany)


Death Marches
World War, 1939-1945; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic


Pilsen, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

Benešovice (Czech Republic)
Czech Republic

Emigration and Immigration


Bamberg (Germany)
Germany

Germany


Lansky, Lola Borkowska (1926 - 1999)


New York City (N.Y.)
New York

New York


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