Ruth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3088) interviewed by Robert Krell
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
- Interview Date
- February 14, 1990.
- 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.
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.