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Ruth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1490) interviewed by Irene Wasserkrug and Herbert Hane

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1490

Videotape testimony of Ruth S., who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1937. She describes her father emigrating from Germany in 1933; his continued contact with his family in Germany; marriage to her mother in 1934; their bourgeois life; German invasion in 1940; her father hiding to avoid arrest; her parents' decision to leave in spite of sympathetic treatment from the Danes; her maternal grandparents' arrest in 1943 (she later learned they were deported to Terezín); escape with her parents to Malmö, Sweden in October 1943; living with relatives there; celebrating the Danish liberation; returning to Copenhagen; female collaborators being marched through the streets with their heads shaved; her father's return to Berlin in 1954, where he became a leader of the Jewish community; marriage to an American soldier; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. S. discusses her pride in maintaining her Danish citizenship and reflects upon the loss of spirit of her parents' generation resulting from the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
S., Ruth, 1937-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
March 25, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1490). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1089240
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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