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Oral history interview with Ruth Brunn

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.12 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0012

Ruth Brunn (née Oppenheimer), born on September 26, 1932 in Mannheim, Germany, her childhood in Mannheim, Germany; her father's early death; her flight with her mother and sister from Germany to Strasbourg, France and then Brussels, Belgium; their life in Brussels until the Nazi invasion; how her paralyzed sister was sent to an institution in the Netherlands; staying with her mother in Brussels until May 10, 1940, the day the Germans invaded Belgium; their journey to southern France; staying in a small town in the Pyrenees Mountains and enrolling in a catholic elementary school; going to Marseille, France, where she was traumatized by the bombings; going through Spain and Portugal trying to find a ship that would take them to the United States; reaching Ellis Island with a temporary visa; going to Mexico, where they had family; receiving permanent visas for the US and going to New Jersey, where the rest of her father’s side of the family lived; being re-introduced to her sister; attending school in South Orange, NJ; attending New York State College; her mother’s death; getting a job at a local hospital; visiting Europe during the summers; moving to California; getting married and having two children; and working at the Anno Nuevo State reserve.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Brunn, Ruth
Ryan, Peter
interview:  1999 March 24
1 videocassette (Hi8) : sound, color ; 8mm.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:08
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