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Ruth R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1260) interviewed by Larry Schoenfeld and Faye Rozmaryn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1260

Videotape testimony of Ruth R., who was born in Pabianice, Poland in 1927. She describes her older brother and sister; her family's relative affluence; German invasion; ghettoization; round-ups including her father and brother (she never saw them again); deportation with her mother and sister to the Łódź ghetto; forced factory labor; deportation to Auschwitz in summer 1944; separation from her mother and sister (she never saw them again); transfer to Bergen-Belsen, then Hasag-Leipzeig; slave labor in a munitions factory; nurturing from an older woman; receiving extra food from a French POW; deportation by train; being wounded in an Allied bombing; abandonment by the guards; assistance from Soviet troops; hospitalization for a year; returning to Łódź, then Pabianice; living in Kraków; marriage; being smuggled to Germany by Beriḥah; living in Salzburg, Wasseralfingen, and Regensburg displaced persons camps; her son's birth; emigration to the United States; and the births of two daughters. Mrs. R. discuses her severe postwar depression; not wanting children due to her experiences, but realizing they "are my life"; her husband's and son's deaths; pervasive fears; believing she is terribly scarred, though she looks "normal"; and sharing only parts of her story with her children.

Author/Creator
R., Ruth, 1927-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
Interview Date
October 25, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub.; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1260). 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/4283550
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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