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Ruth M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2534) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2534

Videotape testimony of Ruth M., who was born in Kassel, Germany in 1931. She recounts her close, extended family; their orthodoxy; being hidden on Kristallnacht; her father's deportation to Buchenwald the next day; expulsion from school due to anti-Jewish restrictions; joining a children's transport to Amsterdam in 1939 (her sister went earlier); reunion with her sister; separation when placed with different families; joining eighty children on a transport to England in May 1940; living in an orphanage in Wigan, then with a non-Jewish family; and moving to Manchester to live with a Jewish family. Mrs. M. discusses learning of her mother's death in Stuffhof from surviving aunts who were with her; her father's escape to England; his emigration to the United States after the war; and continuing contact with her English foster mother. She shows photographs.

M., Ruth, 1931-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
February 4, 1993.
Kassel (Germany)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Wigan (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2534). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.