Ruth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2689) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- October 21, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ruth S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2689). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ruth S., who was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1923, one of four children. She recalls her family's affluence; antisemitic street violence; attending a Jewish school; the non-Jewish caretaker protecting their house during Kristallnacht; her father and older brother leaving for France; her younger siblings being sent to Switzerland; traveling alone to Paris; her father bribing a French official to get her mother to Paris; German invasion; traveling to Vichy; an official allowing them to live in Bandol until 1942; attending a Jewish camp; being hidden by a miner in Collobrières (he was honored by Yad Vashem); receiving false papers from Alexander Rotenberg, a camp friend; plans to illegally enter Switzerland with Rotenberg; traveling to Le Buet near the border; assistance from French non-Jews crossing the border to Finhaut; traveling to Zurich; living with a relative and in refugee camps; correspondence from her parents who were hidden in southern France; meeting her future husband, a Romanian refugee; and joining her parents in Paris in 1945. She discusses working with her husband as puppeteers; assistance from Marc Chagall; emigration to Argentina in 1952; Rotenberg's book about their experiences; becoming a psychologist; and entering political activities. She shows photographs.