Birthdate: June 17, 1927
Birthplace: Krakow, Poland
Religious Identity: Jewish
“It was a transition of great importance, a tragic transition; because the Germans wanted us in the ghetto so they could put their hands on us without having to look for us.”
Moshe Taube was born in 1927 and was just 13 years old when he lost his home due to the Nazi invasion. He and his family left Krakow for the suburbs where they shared a very small room, until they were transported to the ghetto. It was difficult and traumatic, but he and his family continued to try to make the best out of a terrible situation. In October of 1942, Moshe’s sister and mother were taken to Belzec, where they were killed. Moshe and his father were transported to Plaszow, a small concentration camp outside of Krakow. Moshe recalls the grueling work at the camp. He remained there for a year and a half. In October of 1944, he was included in Schindler’s List along with his father and was transported to Brünnlitz, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia run by Schindler that was classified by the SS as a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen. He and his father were liberated by the Russian Army in 1945. The pair then traveled to Poland to search for any survivors of their family, and did not find anyone alive. Then they traveled to Romania where they found his father’s brother who was living as refugee, and they stayed there for a while. Moshe then immigrated illegally to British Mandate Palestine and was detained upon arrival for a period of time. After being released he made a life in Israel for 11 years. In 1957 he realized he wanted to get a more in-depth musical education and decided to come to the U.S. He enrolled at Julliard School of Music, and took a position at the Shaare Zedeck Congregation in NYC and was there for 8 years as a cantor. Then in 1965 he took a position at Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, and has remained there as a cantor for more than 40 years. He met his spouse Helena in Pittsburgh and the two have been married for 33 years. He has two daughters from a previous marriage, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. His favorite things to do now are being with his wife, and listening to classical music.
“She was extremely interested and fond of music and singing, especially my singing and I was interested in her, and her personality and her goodness and her care, and I thank God every day for her.”
Read his full testimony here.