Ruth B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4157)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
- Interview Date
- November 18, 1999.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ruth B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4157). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ruth B., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1934, the first of two children. She recounts not knowing she was Jewish; attending Maccabi events; German invasion; her first sense of being Jewish based on anti-Jewish restrictions; her grandparents' deportation to Theresienstadt, then hers with her family in July 1942 (her grandfather died before their arrival); her father's assignments outside the camp; her mother and aunt working with the elderly, many of whom died; performing in the children's theater; sham improvements prior to a Red Cross visit; liberation by Soviet troops; living in her grandmother's village, Prague, and near Terezín; antisemitic harassment in school; emigration with her family to Israel in 1949; and living on a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz. Ms. B. discusses their survival due to her father keeping them off the transport lists; Israeli lack of interest in the Holocaust; not discussing it, even in her family; nightmares; and always feeling like an outsider, both in Czechoslovakia and Israel.