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Ruth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2689) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2689

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.

S., Ruth, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
October 21, 1993.
Zurich (Switzerland)
Finhaut (Switzerland)
Le Buet (France)
Collobrières (France)
Bandol (France)
Vichy (France)
Paris (France)
Leipzig (Germany)
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.
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