Miriam Rubenstein

"This should never happen again."

Name at birth
Miriam Sapero
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Tel'se, Lithuania
Name of father, occupation
Samuel, Chemist
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Sophia, Interpreter
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, Zelda and me
Who survived the Holocaust?
Mother and myself
I was born in 1928 in Teltz, Lithuania.  My father Itzhak was a chemist, my mother Shifra stayed at home.  Because my great-grandfather was the Baal Shem Tov of Lithuania, the Jews tried to save me. At first my family lived in the countryside and I was sent to be with my aunt in Teltz.  Later, I returned to my mother.  As German soldiers came to our yard, someone grabbed me and my mother at the back door, and they left. Our house was set ablaze with Benzene; my little sister died in the fire.  The Germans grabbed my father.  My mother and I traveled at night through places I do not remember.  We traveled at night, my mother told me to keep quiet as we traveled. 
We came to the United States in 1949 where I had an aunt living in Pittsburgh.
Where were you in hiding?
In and around Tel'se'. We traveled at night, my mother told me to keep quiet as we traveled.
When did you come to the United States?
Occupation after the war
When and where were you married?
1954 in USA
Morris Rubenstein, Worked for Dexter-Davison market
Howard, Bernard, Sophie, Toba, David, Celia, and Hannah
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
This should never happen again.
Charles Silow
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