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Oral history interview with Ruth Geller

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.222.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0671

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Ruth Geller (née Ginsberg), born on April 10, 1933 in Moravska Ostrave, Czechoslovakia (now Ostrava, Czech Republic), discusses her mother Blanche Basia Ehrlich Ginsberg (born March 13, 1904 in Krakow, Poland) and her father Gerson Ginsberg (July 7, 1897 in Szinov, Czechoslovakia); her parents’ work in the fur trade; her brother Oskar (he died young of a heart attack while living in the United States); having a comfortable childhood before the war; being raised religious (her father was Orthodox); the arrival of the Germans in Moravska Ostrave in 1939; going with her mother and brother to the Port of Gdynia and taking a ship across the English Channel; living initially with her great-aunt in Stamford Hill in London, England; living with her father after he recovered from a heart attack; being evacuated to Kennington, outside of Oxford multiple times between 1941 and 1943; attending a Catholic school in a covenant while living in London (being allowed with other Jewish children to attend); going to the underground during the bombings of London; being part of the Zionist youth group B’nai Akivah; the end of the war; moving to the United States in 1948; sailing on the “SS Degrasse”, and living with her maternal Aunt Lena Ronga and Uncle Henry Ehrlich in Manhattan; attending the Long Island City High School; her father’s death in 1948; attending the Baruch School; working at the Gertz department store and eventually becoming an assistant buyer for the children’s department; moving to California with her husband; attending graduate school in California for business administration and marketing at California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB); teaching at CSUSB; her mother’s death in 1993; and her cousin Zvi Barlev (Bleicher), who wrote a book, “Would God it Were Night”.

Interviewee
Ruth Geller
Interviewer
Heather Ratcliff
Date
2012 August 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.