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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.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Międzyrzec Podlaski
Wyszków (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Międzyrzec Podlaski (Poland)
Augsburg (Germany)
Łódź (Poland)
Cyprus
Palestine
Marseille (France)
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.