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Oral history interview with Ruth Willdorf

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.381 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0381

Ruth Willdorf, born on March 28, 1927 in in Mayen, Germany, discusses her childhood in Mayen; the changes she and her family experienced after 1933; their move to Kalkar, Germany; the antisemitism she experienced while traveling to and from school and her experiences during Kristallnacht in November 1938, including her father's arrest; her family's decision to send her to Rotterdam, Netherlands to live with a relative; her attempts to immigrate to the United States with her father; her experiences after the German invasion of Holland in May 1940; living with a couple who were part of the resistance; living next with a Jewish family in Amsterdam; her activities with the resistance and the close calls she experienced; her arrest and imprisonment by the Gestapo; being deported to a special camp for people with dual citizenship, the conditions, and her experiences there; her transfer to Westerbork; her subsequent transfer to Bergen-Belsen in January 1944; the conditions there and the brutality of the guards; being liberated from a bombed train by the United States Army in April 1945; her medical issues following liberation and her recovery; her immigration to the United States in 1946; her reunion with her father; her life in the US; and the after-effects of her Holocaust experiences.

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Ruth Willdorf
Peter Ryan
Anne G. Saldinger
interview:  2001 June 06
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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 20:13:15
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