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Ruth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3088) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3088

Videotape testimony of Ruth S., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1936 and raised in Šiauliai. She recalls her sister's birth in 1939; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization in August; "running wild" when they were left alone during the day; hiding when Germans entered the ghetto; in November 1943, hiding all day; leaving when it was quiet; being taken by the Germans; her cousin influencing the Kommandant to let her go; his refusal to release her sister (they never saw her again); being smuggled to a farm of non-Jews the next day; staying in a closet until she learned Catholic rituals and Lithuanian; her mother's visits; hiding with a priest when it became dangerous; watching a Jewish deportation in August 1944, including some relatives (she thought her parents were dead); liberation by Soviets in September; her parents' arrival; refusing to go with them; their frequent visits; eventually retuning with them to Šiauliai; obtaining false papers to emigrate; living in a displaced persons camp near Munich; her brother's birth; her father establishing a business in Diessen; and emigration to Canada in 1951. Ms. S. discusses continuing relations with her foster family; guilt over her sister's death; becoming terrified when each of her children turned four - her sister's age when she was taken away; feeling Jewish, although she loves attending mass; and her family's close relationship with her mother.

Author/Creator
S., Ruth, 1936-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
Interview Date
February 14, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3088). 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/4290504
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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