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Ruth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1695) interviewed by Sharon Gerber,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1695

Videotape testimony of Ruth S., who was born in Sinsheim, Germany in 1933. She recalls Kristallnacht; her father's imprisonment in Dachau; her imprisonment, with her family, in Ladenburg in October 1940; her grandfather's emigration to the United States; deportation via Mannheim to Gurs with her parents and sister; being smuggled out with her sister by OSE (they never saw their parents again); living in an OSE orphanage, then with a non-Jewish family in Faverges-de-la-Tour as Christians using false names; their return to the OSE orphanage when neighbors grew suspicious; living as Jews again; attending public school; communication from their grandfather; emigrating from Marseille to the United States on September 6, 1946; and support from HIAS after relatives rejected them. Mrs. S. discusses many years of denying her experience and her parents' deaths; not revealing her experiences to her children; attending a survivors' gathering in Israel where she learned details about her parents' deportation to Auschwitz; becoming active in Holocaust education; and returning to Germany and France with her family.

S., Ruth, 1933-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
March 20, 1991.
Sinsheim (Germany)
Ladenburg (Germany)
Mannheim (Germany)
Faverges-de-la-Tour (France)
Marseille (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1695). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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