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Oral history interview with Ruth Ephraim

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.14 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0014

Ruth Ephraim (née Wyzanski), born on February 19, 1931 in Hamburg, Germany, describes being the youngest of five girls; her Polish parents; attending a Jewish school in 1937 and its closing; the round ups, during which her father hid in a closet; her family staying with German Jewish friends for four days in a cellar; her mother being detained briefly in a police station; her sister Eva going on a Kindertransport to England in 1938; her family taking a three day cargo trip to England; living with her parents and siblings in one room and getting clothes from the Jewish Welfare Society; evacuating with her two sisters to Bedfordshire in early 1941; returning to London in mid-1941 during the Blitz; staying in shelters in the backyard and in the subway; the bombing of her grandparents’ house; getting furniture from Germany; her father working at Grove Lane Synagogue; staying in London after 1945 and attending art college; moving to the United States in 1960; getting married in 1966 to another Holocaust survivor; and how her fear from her war experiences has stayed with her.

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Ephraim, Ruth
Schwartz, Gail
interview:  1990 October 12
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:46:04
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