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Oral history interview with Ruth Danner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.9 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0009

Ruth Danner, born December 9, 1933 in eastern France, describes her parents and sister; life before the Germans came; how her father converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses (JW) in 1925 and how her mother resisted until 1929; how her parents helped get JW publications, such as the Watchtower, to Germany; her congregation’s activities to help Germans; her experiences in school and trying to maintain her faith; the German invasion in 1940; how her family refused to work for the Germans; her father’s role as the leader of their congregation; having study sessions at home and watching out for the SS while she was outside playing; how their home was searched for JW literature and pictures and her parents were questioned; being picked up with her family in the early morning January 28, 1943; being taken to a deportation camp in what is now Poland; how the camp was filled with political prisoners; how her parents were asked to sign papers renouncing their faith as Jehovah's Witnesses and their refusal to do so; being nine years old and being forced to sew, garden, prepare food, and go shopping for the SS; not having to wear special clothing or a purple triangle; having a German bible; standing up to the SS and relying on her faith; having limited food; the living conditions; how some people were beaten because they were not neutral; being liberated by American soldiers April 20, 1945; going home to an empty house, since the Germans had sold all their furniture; slowly getting furniture from neighbors; going back to school and wanting to pioneer; and the pictures and documents from her parents after their imprisonment (she shows these on the video).

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Ruth Danner
Robert Buckley
interview:  1991 September 18
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:49:49
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