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Ruth W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-619) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-619

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Ruth W., who was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1914. Mrs. W. recalls her childhood; her father's death in 1927; being legally barred from university attendance; working as a bookeeper for her uncle; marriage in December 1938; staying with their respective parents to avoid registering; and failing to obtain affidavits from American relatives. She tells of forced labor in a munitions plant; her mother's deportation to Rīga in August 1942; her husband joining her when his parents were deported to Terezín; hiding with a farmer when her husband's deportation seemed imminent in January 1943; fleeing to another place when a policeman was suspicious of her husband's false papers; returning to Berlin, where hiding seemed easier; being wounded in an air raid; difficulties securing food; escaping when Gestapo officers arrested the relative who hid them; living with foreign workers in a factory during the siege of Berlin; liberation; interrogation by skeptical Soviet officers; and emigration to America in 1946. Mrs. W.'s account contains numerous examples of assistance from non-Jews.
    Author/Creator
    W., Ruth, 1914-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 2, 1985.
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Ruth W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-619). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocuast Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (57 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    False papers.
    Hiding.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/982245
    Record last modified:
    2018-03-06 14:08:00
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