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Oral history interview with Ruth Horowitz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0422 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0071

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    Oral history interview with Ruth Horowitz


    Interview Summary
    Ruth Horowitz (née Salzburg), born March 23, 1930 in Hamburg, Germany, describes her Polish parents Isaac Salzberg and Rose R. Kleinert and her sister; life in Hamburg, where they lived until November 1938; leaving Hamburg two days before Kristallnacht; how Hamburg was very open to Jews until Hitler’s regime, though she experienced many instances of antisemitism; being fascinated with the 1936 Olympics; how her father’s efforts to leave Germany began in 1936 and finally succeeded when he dramatically threatened to commit suicide at the US Consul if the visas were not granted; how crossing the Atlantic was very difficult, with cold and seasickness, but they arrived and went to Detroit, MI for a short while, then to New York City, NY, and finally to Washington, DC; learning to speak English by going to lots of movies; her father’s death at age 54; her mother’s transformation from being a housewife to running her husband’s jewelry business after he died; the wartime antisemitism, the problem of quotas, the Nuremburg trials, and the State of Israel; getting married in 1950; traveling to Germany in 1995; and her views on present day Germany.
    Ms. Ruth C. Horowitz
    Esther Finder
    interview:  1997 June 30
    creation: Silver Spring (Md.)

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Horowitz, Ruth, 1930-

    Administrative Notes

    Esther Finder, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on June 30, 1997, in Silver Spring, Md. The interview was transfered to the Museum's Archives on June 30, 1997.
    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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