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Ruth A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2678) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2678

Videotape testimony of Ruth A., who was born in Wyszków, Poland in 1926. She recalls her family moving to Warsaw; German occupation in 1939; ghettoization; her father's death from starvation; escaping to Międzyrzec Podlaski with her mother and sister; working for a farmer who hid her Jewish identity; learning her sister and aunt were deported to Treblinka and her mother shot on the way; working on another farm for two months; being identified as a Jew; returning to the Międzyrzec ghetto; following her German friend's advice to volunteer as a Polish slave laborer in order to get to Germany; working on a farm near Augsburg, hiding her Jewish identity; still being afraid of revealing herself as a Jew after liberation by United States troops; and returning to Poland in 1945. Mrs. A. describes moving from Warsaw to Łódź; staying in a Jewish orphanage; revealing her true name for the first time; meeting her future husband; illegally traveling to Germany; marriage in the Leipheim displaced persons camp; moving to Marseille; traveling on an overcrowded ship to Palestine; incarceration in Cyprus; difficulties living in Palestine; her husband's army service in the War of Independence; emigration to the United States; and reunion with her sister. She discusses her belief in God during the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
A., Ruth, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
October 4, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2678). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.