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Oral history interview with Ruth Zellner

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

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    Oral history interview with Ruth Zellner


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Ruth Zellner
    Katie Davis
    interview:  1999 October 13

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    Oral histories.
    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Zellner, Ruth, 1920-
    Corporate Name
    St. Louis (Ship)

    Administrative Notes

    Katie Davis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Ruth Zellner on October 13, 1999.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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