Ruth S. testimony 1990 [video recording]
Date of Recording14 February 1990
Duration2h 2m 0.0s
SynopsisRuth S. was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania outside of Kaunas, Lithuania in July of 1936. She describes her family and the Jewish community. She recalls the German invasion in 1941. She describes ghettoization and the conditions. She recalls her father arranging hiding places during round-ups. She recalls her sister’s arrest. Ruth describes being smuggled out of the ghetto to a farm. She recalls hiding in a closet, learning Lithuanian, studying Catholicism. She describes witnessing a Jewish deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. She describes the process of reuniting with her parents, who survived liquidation of the ghetto by hiding. She recalls her father acquiring false papers for the family to emigrate. Ruth describes living in Feldafing DP camp. She describes her family’s emigration to Canada in 1951. She describes her education, marriage, and children. Ruth discusses guilt. She discusses her faith.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.