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Ruth F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-408) interviewed by Janet Hadda and Morris Beckwitt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-408

Videotape testimony of Ruth F., who was born in Brzeziny, Poland. She recalls her affluent family; German invasion and bombardment; her older brother's draft into the Polish army; anti-Jewish measures; public hanging of Jewish men at the end of 1939; ghettoization; forced labor at a munitions factory; the ghetto's liquidation; transfer with her family to Łódź; her father's deportation (she never saw him again); separation from her mother upon arrival at Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944 (she never saw her again); prisoner observance of Rosh ha-Shanah; becoming ill; transfer to the hospital, then the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer to Lenzing; slave labor digging ditches; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. F. describes the assistance and kindness of Red Cross personnel; recuperating in a resort; seeking her brothers in Ebensee refugee camp; marriage; their joining the Haganah and moving to Italy; returning to Germany due to their discomfort with communal living; reunion with her brother in Altötting; and their emigration to the United States.

Author/Creator
F., Ruth.
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1984
Interview Date
October 22, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-408). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.