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Ruth L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-837) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-837

Videotape testimony of Ruth L., who was born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1910. She describes her family background, including her Jewish maternal grandfather, which made her "37.5% Jewish" to the Nazis; her Protestant upbringing; her father's dismissal from the University of Heidelberg and jailing in 1933 for anti-Nazi sympathies; his refusal to flee Germany after his release; and her departure for Stockholm to continue medical studies after her uncle and a pro-Nazi friend advised her to leave. She recounts living in Sweden; completing medical school in Basel, Switzerland; accepting a position in Istanbul; the adjustment difficulties to life in Turkey; returning to Switzerland to study treatment of schizophrenia; and emigrating to the United States in 1937 for a position at Johns Hopkins. She discusses her early work; marrying a Jewish psychoanalyst; sponsoring the immigration of her brother and a sister; another sister's postwar marriage to an ex-Wehrmacht engineer; her father's death and her mother's move to America and later return to Germany.

Author/Creator
L., Ruth, 1910-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
March 31, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ruth L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-837). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/972004
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