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Ruth Salm Perlman collection

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    Consists of materials related to the Holocaust experiences of Ruth Salm Perlman, including a 1942 postcard sent to her from her family in Germany, while she was living in Denmark; postcards from the family who had sheltered her in Denmark (Aage and Signe Davidsen), sent to her after her deportation to Theresienstadt; a typewritten memoir by Ruth Salm Perlman; a copy of a document from the Danish Red Cross, attesting to her arrest and interment during the war; and a post-war book with photographs, compiled by Aage Davidsen, and describing their wartime experiences. Also includes pre-war family photographs; postwar photographs of the Davidsens, of Salm, and of friends; postwar identity and restitution documents; and handwritten lyrics to the song "Das Lied von Theresienstadt" [The Song of Theresienstadt], composed in October 1943 by Walter Lindenbaum.
    inclusive:  1929-2009
    bulk:  1942-1954
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dana Perlman and Jeani Adams
    Collection Creator
    Ruth Salm Perlman
    Ruth Salm was born on January 22, 1924, in Bruhl, Germany, to Julius and Jeanette Salm. Julius worked as a cantor and an animal broker, while Jenny cared for Ruth and her twin younger siblings, Erwin and Inge. The family lived with Julius's mother, Theresa Salm. The family was arrested on Kristallnacht and imprisoned for hours, but because Julius hid himself, he was neither arrested nor imprisoned, though the family's home was ransacked. After Kristallnacht, Julius and Jeanette arranged for Ruth to leave the country. She said goodbye to her parents and siblings and moved to Denmark, where she lived with family of Aage and Signe Davidsen. In 1942, Ruth was given a spot in a nursing program in Copenhagen and moved into a dormitory. She kept in close contact with the Davidsen family, who warned her about rumored arrests and attempted to hide her when German police came to arrest her. Their efforts were unsuccessful, and on October 1, 1943, Ruth was arrested and sent in a cattle car to Theresienstadt (Terezin). The Davidsens found a way to send her packages. In April 1945, Ruth was taken from Theresienstadt to Sweden as part of an arrangement made by Count Folke Bernadotte. After she recovered, Ruth reunited with the Davidsens. Though she continued her nursing studies, she soon became frustrated by the immaturity of her fellow students, and contacted her paternal uncle Max, who lived in New York. In 1946, she immigrated to the United States. Ruth was the only survivor of her immediate family.

    Physical Details

    4 folders
    1 book enclosure
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of these material(s). The Museum does not own the copyright for the material and does not have authority to authorize use. For permission, please contact the rights holder(s).

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    Geographic Name
    Copenhagen (Denmark)

    Administrative Notes

    Dana Perlman and Jeani Adams donated their mother's collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013. Mr. Perlman is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.
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    2023-02-24 13:41:50
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