Luba Elbaum

"I helped my friends and they helped me."

Name at birth
Luba Laks
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Minkowice, Poland
Name of father, occupation
Yitzhak Laks, Owner of fruit business, farmer
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Dora, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, four brothers and two sisters
How many in entire extended family?
Who survived the Holocaust?
Only me in my immediate family, all in extended family perished
When the war broke out, I worked with my family for the Germans. While my family was taken to the ghettos in Lublin and Belzyce, I worked on a farm for the Germans. In 1941 I was deported to Budzyn and was a housemaid for the Oberscharführer (Senior Squad Leader) Felix. A year later, Luba was deported to Plaszow for work detail, then to Auschwitz.  In 1944, she was transported to Bergen-Belsen; selected along with 300 other girls to be deported to Aschersleben to work.  Luba was forced on a six-week death march to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia; liberated on May 8, 1945.  Arrived in the United States in 1951.

 Biography taken from University of Michigan-Dearborn, Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive and interview with daughter, Dora Jackler.   
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Where did you go after being liberated?
Lived in DP camp Heidenheim, Germany
When did you come to the United States?
Where did you settle?
Canton, Ohio (1951), then Detroit, MI (1951-2000)
Occupation after the war
When and where were you married?
1946 in Lublin
Gedale Elbaum, Painter
Faye Wolkowicz, works for a doctor; David, dermatologist; Dora Jackler, JCC Health Club
Eitan and Noam Jackler; Jeremy, Kevin, and Gregory Elbaum; and Danielle, Shira, and Matthew Wolkowicz
What do you think helped you to survive?
I looked like a gentile having blond hair. I was the oldest in family and a hard worker. I was a strong girl before the war. I took every opportunity to get food. I helped my friends and they helped me.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
I helped my friends and they helped me.
Dora Jackler
To learn more about this survivor, please visit:
The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, University of Michigan

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