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Ruth G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1667) interviewed by Elsa Roth and Raya C. Schapiro

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1667

Videotape testimony of Ruth G., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1938. She recounts her mother's descriptions of an affluent life amidst a large, extended family; ghettoization; her father buying false papers for her and her mother; escaping with her mother (she never saw her father again); living with a non-Jewish family in Lublin; leaving due to fear of exposure; traveling on trains because her mother did not know what else to do; a non-Jewish woman offering them shelter in Warsaw; leaving when the woman's husband thought they were Jews; her mother working as a maid; changing jobs frequently due to fear of exposure; working for a countess who knew they were Jewish; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Łódź; learning her father had perished; and reunion with an aunt. Mrs. G. describes antisemitic remarks and songs in school, and from Polish friends; pretending to be Christian; illegally traveling to Munich in 1946 with her mother; living in a Jewish community; feeling comfortable as a Jew; her mother's marriage; emigration to the United States in 1949; and her desire to "be American." She discusses her admiration for her mother and not sharing her experiences with her children until they were older.

Author/Creator
G., Ruth, 1938-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
Interview Date
October 28, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1667). 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/4284019
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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