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Ruth D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1953) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Ellen Trachtenberg,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1953

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    Videotape testimony of Ruth D., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1933. She recalls a large, extended family; celebrating Jewish holidays; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing to De Panne, Dunkerque, and Boulogne with her parents; their return to Brussels; anti-Jewish regulations; her parents' decision not to register as Jews; hiding with non-Jewish neighbors during round-ups in 1942 and 1943; being sent to camp in Seny for two weeks; living with her cousin in Waterloo; her mother arranging for her to live with two women who hid Jewish children; attending a Catholic boarding school from January until September 1944; weekend visits to her parents' home; and liberation in June 1944. Mrs. D. describes learning of the concentration camps; emigration to the United States in 1953; her parents returning to Belgium; marriage; visiting Israel in 1976; and frequent trips to Belgium. She names many relatives who perished and shows family photographs.
    D., Ruth, 1933-
    Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
    Interview Date
    February 7, 1992.
    Brussels (Belgium)
    De Panne (Belgium)
    Dunkerque (France)
    Boulogne-sur-Mer (France)
    Waterloo (Belgium)
    Seny (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Ruth D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1953). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohn, Helen, interviewer.
    Trachtenberg, Ellen, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 2 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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