Ruth T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3334) interviewed by Yehuda Bauer, Chaya Mʻeiri, Nathan Beyrak, and Yoram Amit,
Videotape testimony of Ruth T., who was born in Hrubieszów, Poland in the early 1930s. She recounts her family's affluence; summer vacations in Krasnobród; German invasion; her father's military draft; brief Soviet occupation; German invasion; delivering messages for her father to his colleagues in Hashomer Hatzair; hiding during round-ups; deportation of her parents and brother; escaping; a non-Jewish teacher hiding her; bringing food to her grandmother and two aunts in hiding; later seeing them killed; witnessing a mass shooting; being assigned to gather valuables from abandoned Jewish homes; transfer to Budzyń; slave labor in an airplane factory; sharing extra food received from her supervisor; transfer to Mielec, Wieliczka, then Płászów; assignment to a quarry; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; hospitalization; volunteering as an artist, copying signatures from existing documents unto new ones; transfer to Mülhausen; improved conditions; a privileged position building models in an underground factory; Allied bombings; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; starvation, filth, and pervasive deaths; liberation by British troops; transfer to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; friends from Hrubieszów bringing her to the Frankfurt displaced persons camp; joining a kibbutz; feeling a sense of revenge when she was in a motorcycle accident in which a German was killed; emigration to Palestine; marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. T. discusses her state of mind in the camps; not discussing her experiences with anyone, including her children, until recently; attributing her survival to luck; the impossibility of conveying her experiences in words; negative responses to survivors in Israel; a painful visit to Hrubieszów; organizing the erection of a memorial with other survivors; expressions of the Holocaust in her art; and learning that Fred O., a Jewish physician in the Hrubieszów ghetto had been concerned about her.
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ruth T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3334). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.