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Ruth G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1765) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1765

Videotape testimony of Ruth G., who was born in Essen, Germany in 1925, an only child. She recalls a comfortable, happy life until Hitler came to power; anti-Jewish restrictions, including expulsion from school; her father's emigration to Johannesburg in 1936; she and her mother joining him in 1937; moving to Paris in 1938; the outbreak of war in 1939; her father's incarceration as an enemy alien; moving to Montargis; returning to Paris; her father's release upon enlistment in the Foreign Legion in 1940; German invasion; fleeing to Bordeaux, then Toulouse; reunion with her father; transport by French police to Barbazan in winter 1941; living in a "forced residence"; being forced to leave in 1942; getting off the train in Tauves; traveling to Bagnères-de-Bigorre where her uncle lived; hiding with him, his family, and other Jews; being protected by the local police commissioner, a Resistance member; fleeing during a Resistance battle; being hidden by peasants; returning to Bagnères-de-Bigorre; liberation; returning to Paris; marriage to an American in 1948; her daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1952; and the births of two more children. Ms. G. discusses her depression after liberation; regret at having no education as a child (she attended college as an adult); persistent emotional pain; hoping her children learn more about her experiences; and attending college. She shows photographs and her artwork, which is related to her experiences.

Author/Creator
G., Ruth, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 30, 1991.
Locale
France
Germany
Essen (Germany)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Paris (France)
Montargis (France)
Toulouse (France)
Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)
Barbazan (France)
Tauves (France)
Bagnères-de-Bigorre (France)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1765). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.