Inside the Massive Project to Uncover the Holocaust's Nameless Victims
In the final months of World War II, Yehudah Rubashevsky was among the Soviet soldiers who marched to Auschwitz to free the prisoners who had survived the concentration camp. On Jan. 27, 1945, three-dozen Jewish girls, starving and ill, were put under Rubashevsky's protection. As a token of their gratitude, the newly liberated girls presented him with a handmade wallet embroidered with his initials that had a signed thank-you note tucked inside. Rubashevsky held onto the wallet until the day he died in 1973 to remind him of the horrors he had witnessed in southern Poland.
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