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Ruth M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2563) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2563

Videotape testimony of Ruth M., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1927. She recalls her childhood in Tarnów; her father's medical practice; her mother traveling to Switzerland in summer 1939 while she and her brother stayed with an aunt in Český Těšín; German invasion; her father's military draft; traveling to stay with an aunt in Kraków; returning to her parents in Tarnów; confiscation of their home; forced labor repairing military uniforms; ghettoization in 1941; a former non-Jewish employee hiding her cousin; refusing to hide, not wanting to leave her family; separation from them when she was deported with a cousin to Płaszów in September 1943 (she never saw her family again); slave labor in a factory; public hangings; transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna in December; assignment to a munitions factory; sham improvement for a Red Cross visit; transfer to Częstochowa in fall 1944; remaining with friends from Tarnów; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; moving with an aunt to Czechoslovakia; receiving travel documents in Prague from relatives in the United States; moving to Stockholm; and emigration to the United States in May 1947. Ms. M. discusses the importance of being with her friends to her survival; her marriage, career, and family; and using German reparations to send her children to Jewish day school. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Ruth, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 14, 1993.
Locale
Poland
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie)
Kraków (Poland)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Český Těšín (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Stockholm (Sweden)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2563). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296865
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:32:00
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