Ruth Sumner, Tampa, Florida, April 17, 1991
Call Number951.132 S95r
Statement of ResponsibilityRuth Sumner ; interviewer, Steve Hochstadt ; transcription, Matthew Bennett, Jessica Oas, Philip Pettis, Audra Pontes, Robert Yahn III, Steve Hochstadt.
Creators & ContributorsSumner, Ruth
Summary"Ruth (Wendriner) Sumner was born in Silesia and grew up in Bobrek and then Beuthen. When she was six, her mother was killed by an intruder to their home. Her father owned a bar, but sold the business and retired to Beuthen. On Kristallnacht, her father's brother was arrested and killed at Buchenwald. Her father and she then sailed to Shanghai on the 'SS Hakuna Maru' in January 1939; shortly afterward, her sister left for the United States. In Shanghai, her father opened the Roof Garden Mascot restaurant. She got married in Shanghai to an American soldier and had a child within a month of arriving in the United States in 1947. This transcript is part of the Shanghai Jewish Community Oral History Project, an effort to collect and transcribe interviews with Jews who lived in Shanghai, directed by Steve Hochstadt at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. It was prepared with support from Bates College and the Dimmer-Bergstrom Fund." —Page 36
Physical Description 36 pages ; 28 cm
PublisherLewiston, ME : Bates College, Shanghai Jewish Community Oral History Project