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Oral history interview with Ruth Danner

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.99 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0099

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    Oral history interview with Ruth Danner


    Interview Summary
    Ruth Danner, born in 1933, discusses growing up in a very religious Jehovah’s Witnesses family; learning her faith at an early age; saying a prayer with her mother every day before going to school; witnessing religious meetings in their home; her early desire to be baptized but parents’ refusal because of her young age; her eventual baptismal ceremony, held in 1947 after her family’s return from the concentration camps, in a picnic setting because religious meetings were still forbidden; the arrival of the Germans in 1940, and the beginning of harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses; the constant house searches and frequent stops by SS in the street; the forbidden religious meetings that were held in secret; having daily confrontations with school authorities at her refusal to salute Hitler’s image; her mother often being stopped at work by the SS; her mother and sister being taken from home because they refused to clean SS military uniforms; the deportation of her entire family in January 1943 to Upper Silesia; being imprisoned in five camps in the region; the miserable living conditions and little food; how the secretary of the SS in the camp would send her in town to a bakery to purchase bread; the baker taking pity on her and giving her a bit of bread for herself; being liberated by the Allies in 1945; returning to France; the joy she felt that all her family, parents, sister, and herself returned safely; and her commitment to her religion.
    Ruth Danner
    Robert Buckley
    interview:  1995 May 17

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (Betacam SP).

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    Personal Name
    Danner, Ruth.

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, in cooperation with Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. produced the interview with Ruth Danner on May 17, 1995.
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