Ruth H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1704) interviewed by Sandra Rosenstock and Lilian Sicular
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 4, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ruth H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1704). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ruth H., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1928, the only child of an affluent family. She recalls a beautiful life; German occupation in 1939; her father's disappearance; living with her mother and grandmother; her aunt's suicide upon receiving deportation notice; their deportation to Theresienstadt in 1942; extreme hunger; their transfer to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her grandmother; assignment to the family camp; slave labor clearing bombing rubble in Hamburg; clandestinely receiving food from French POWs; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; liberation; transfer to a hospital in Sweden; hearing from a cousin in New York; emigration to join her; her mother's death (she never fully recovered); marriage; her daughter's birth; and divorce. Ms. H. discusses the limitations of words to describe their suffering; surviving due to her mother; not sharing her experiences after the war; nightmares; her daughter's former lack of interest in her story and more current interest; a recent trip to Prague with her daughter; and continuing fondness for Prague.