Here’s the remarkable story of Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust survivor who, upon his liberation by the American army, vowed to become a GI if he ever made it to America. In 1950, he got his chance and found himself in combat in Korea. His sergeant was virulently anti-Semitic and repeatedly put Rubin in harm’s way. On one dangerous mission, Rubin single-handedly held off waves of North Korean soldiers for 24 hours, allowing his company to retreat. Rubin’s officers put the Jewish private up for a Medal of Honor. The sergeant buried the paperwork.
Tibor Rubin drew upon his experiences as a concentration camp survivor when he was captured and sent to a Chinese POW camp. He refused to be released so he could continue to help his fellow prisoners, most of whom had lost faith and even the will to live.
My thanks, again, to Kevin Farkas of the Social Voice Project for alerting me to this wonderful story.