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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-835

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.

Author/Creator
K., Ruth, 1927-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
March 19, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with timecoding.
Cite As
Ruth K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-835). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.