Ruth L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-837) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Lucille B. Ritvo
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- March 31, 1987.
- 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.
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.