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Oral history interview with Ruth Zellner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0228 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0402

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Ruth Zellner, born on December 1, 1920 in Wroclaw, Poland, describes her experiences during Kristallnacht; her father's arrangement for the family to board the SS St. Louis; boarding the ship on May 13, 1939; reaching the port in Havana on May 27, 1939 but being denied entry by the Cuban government; her mother's attempt to telegraph Eleanor Roosevelt asking for help; her father's decision to get involved in a passenger committee and act as a liaison between the captain of the St. Louis, the passengers of the ship, and the various governments with which the captain was negotiating; her father's testimony at the Nuremberg trials that the St. Louis captain had tried to help the passengers of his ship; the ship being forced to leave Cuban waters on June 1, 1939; the ship's return to Europe in June 1939; immigrating to England with her mother; and immigrating to New York in November 1946 with her family.

Interviewee
Ruth Zellner
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
1999 October 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:16:06
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