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Oral history interview with Ruth Fenton

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.345.11 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0011

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    Oral history interview with Ruth Fenton


    Interview Summary
    Ruth Fenton, born in a suburb of Łódź, Poland, describes having two brothers; her grandfather being a successful manufacturer of men's clothes; hearing of the humiliation of Jews beginning in 1933; the German invasion in 1939; her brother being drafted; the ghetto laws; public hangings; the synagogue being burned down; her father being deported and never seeing him again; being deported with her mother in August 1944 to Auschwitz; the selection and being separated from her mother; being in Birkenau in a barracks with doctors and nurses from the ghetto; contracting scarlet fever; being sent to the so-called "Gypsy" camp; stealing and taking pills in an attempt to get better; being sent to a work camp in Auschwitz; going to Linz, Austria then Lansing, where they manufactured clothes for the Nazis; conditions in the camp; prisoners walking to work while civilians just watched; being liberated by the Americans; the American Red Cross taking over; meeting her husband at a refugee camp; being reunited with her brother; going to Italy after she and her husband decided not to go to Israel; and living in a hotel in a German city near Munich.
    Ruth Fenton
    interview:  1984 October 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
    1 sound recording : WAV.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Fenton, Ruth.

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch produced these interviews in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles. Both institutions house copies of the interviews.
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