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Collection Grabin Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-27
Dates of Creation 1997-2004
Extent of Description 0.2 linear foot (1 box)
Creator David Grabin
Admin/Biographical History David Grabin was born in the early 1920s. He grew up in Schlesin, Poland with his six siblings and parents. The family owned and operated a grain business that David often helped with.

In January 1941, the Grabin family was separated, being deported to different concentration camps. Most were sent to Treblinka where they perished. David was sent to a number of concentration camps before arriving in Buchenwald at the end of 1944. As liberating forces approached, David was sent on a death march that took him to Theresiendstadt, where he was later liberated.

David met his wife, Bella Szulman, in a displaced person camp in Landsberg, Germany. Bella was originally from Lublin, Poland. She was deported to Auschwitz when she was 12 years old. She was sent to several additional camps before also ending up in Theresiendstadt.

The couple married in Landsberg in November 1946. They had a son in Germany before immigrating to the States in 1949 where they had their daughter. The family later settled in Richmond.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English and Hebrew
Scope & Content The Grabin Family Papers contain biographical materials, post-custodial documents and photographs, and articles about the family. Biographical materials consist of a brief biography written for that details David’s and Bella’s experiences during the Holocaust. This article provides some background on the couple, including their life before the war and how they met. Post-custodial materials include copies Bella’s and David’s Theresiendstadt documents, and photographs of David. Finally, articles—which are in English and Hebrew—discuss David’s experience during the Holocaust and the couple’s involvement in the Jewish community in Richmond.
Subjects Schlesin, Poland
Lublin, Poland
Krakow, Poland
Lodz, Poland
Landsberg, Germany
Buchenwald (concentration camp)
Theresienstadt (concentration camp)
Auschwitz (concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen (concentration camp)
Plaszow (concentration camp)
Treblinka (concentration camp)
Landsberg (displaced persons camp)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)—Poland
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