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Ruth B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1080) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Tzilah Choro,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1080

Videotape testimony of Ruth B., who was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and moved to Sofia when her father's business burned down. She recalls attending French school; anti-Jewish restrictions beginning in 1941, including wearing the yellow star; her brother's draft for forced labor; his warning they were not to get on trains if ordered to do so; his suggestion that she join the resistance; deportation orders in May 1943; refusing to consider leaving her parents; entrusting possessions with non-Jewish friends; non-Jewish neighbors cursing the transport organizers; arrival in Khaskovski; welcome by local Jews; learning Hebrew and becoming a Zionist; joining a leftist group; traveling to Sofia a few times; liberation; returning to their home; friends returning their possessions; completing high school; attending medical school; meeting her future husband (he worked for HIAS); emigrating to Israel in 1949; visiting her parents; and moving her mother to Israel after her father's death. Ms. B. discusses her desire for her children to live in Israel.

B., Ruth.
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
September 14, 1984.
Sofia (Bulgaria)
Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
Khaskovo (Bulgaria : Oblast)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1080). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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