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Oral history interview with Ruth Nathan

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.64 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0064

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Ruth Nathan, born in Frankfurt, Germany on February 17, 1922, describes living with her parents and two brothers (one older and one younger); living in an apartment together with her grandmother until 1932, when they moved more to the center of the city; attending a Jewish school; her father’s men’s clothing store; how at the end of the 1920s times were harder; her experiences as a child and realizing how things were changing after 1933; her parents having to close the store but continuing to work at home; her aunt and uncle leaving for England in 1934 because of the social conditions in Germany; examples of antisemitism and the fear in her family; finishing school in 1936; the Jewish organizations that provided education for those preparing to immigrate to Israel; working in a kindergarten in a synagogue; Kristallnacht and her father agreeing to leave the country; waiting a year for visas; her father and brother being taken by the Gestapo but sent home soon after; how many of the children she took care of were sent on Kindertransports; she and her brother sneaking out at night to greet the men who returning from Buchenwald; her family leaving Frankfurt on November 29, 1939; and the items they took with them including a painting.

Interviewee
Ruth Nathan
Interviewer
Ilana Solowiejczyk
Date
2009 September 10  (interview)
Language
Spanish
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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