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Ruth K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-835) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Sara Moss Herz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-835

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    Videotape testimony of Ruth K., who was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1927. Mrs. K. discusses the anti-Nazi activities of her father, Alfred Wiener; the family's move to Amsterdam in 1934; prewar life there; her acquaintance with Anne Frank; her father's establishment of the Jewish Central Information Office; and his unsuccessful efforts to relocate the family before the German occupation. She relates helping her mother burn her father's papers (he was in England); increasing restrictions against Jews; friends going into hiding; deportation to Westerbork in 1943; and being forced to help load transports to other camps. She describes the family's transfer to Bergen-Belsen in early 1944; harsh conditions; encountering Anne Frank; her family's inclusion in an exchange in January 1945; journeying across Germany; her mother's death from sickness and exhaustion in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland; sailing from Marseille to the United States; and reunion with her father. Mrs. K. tells of her education in America and England; marriage to an Australian; returning to the United States in 1959 after ten years in Sydney; and the establishment of the Wiener Library, based on her father's documentation activities.
    K., Ruth, 1927-
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
    Interview Date
    March 19, 1987.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Marseille (France)
    Kreuzlingen (Switzerland)
    Cite As
    Ruth K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-835). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.
    Herz, Sara Moss, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with timecoding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.

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