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Ruth H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1704) interviewed by Sandra Rosenstock and Lilian Sicular

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1704

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.

Author/Creator
H., Ruth, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 4, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295957
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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