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Oral history interview with Renia Rutman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.24 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0024

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    Oral history interview with Renia Rutman


    Interview Summary
    Renia Rutman, born in Warsaw, Poland on May 15, 1921, describes being the youngest of six children (three girls and three boys); her father, who was a tailor and a manufacturer of men’s clothing; how one of her brothers had good connections with non-Jews and managed to find hiding places for his mother and three sisters; how a Polish girl fell in love with her brother and managed to save them; her brother getting married to this girl after the war; instances of betrayal and the family’s miraculous escapes; how during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the family was arrested by the Germans, but not identified as Jews; being separated from their brother; going to Germany, where the four women managed to keep up the masquerade as Polish non-Jews; she and her sisters speaking Polish perfectly while their mother feigned deafness in order to hide her Jewish accent; and being liberated near Leipzig, Germany and returning to Warsaw, where they were reunited with their brother.
    Renia Rutman
    Kitia Altman
    interview:  1996 January 16

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

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    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on January 16, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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