Nació: 1935, en Ostrowiec, Polonia
Describe presenciar un castigo brutal en el campo de Ostrowiec [Entrevista: 1992]
I have seen a lot of dead people around, all over, and I guess when you see so many, it doesn't really make that much of an impression. One of the times in Ostrowiec Lager [camp] I was in the, uh, outhouse, in the bathroom, which was on the corner of the, uh, uh, area where like it was a big area in the center of the camp, and then all the barracks were around it, mostly actually on two sides, and the outhouse was at the corner. And I happened to have gone into the outhouse and, uh, all at once there is a commotion and everybody is rushed into their barracks, because that's where they were supposed to go, and, uh, I got stuck in the bathroom. Well, I got up on the seat and I looked out of the little window on the top, and what had happened is some people tried to escape, and they were caught. And I guess they were wounded, and there was some shooting going on, and they got about, I think, four people to dig graves just outside of the wire of the fence of the camp. And they brought these, uh, people that tried to escape, that were, uh, shot already, but they were not dead. And they made the other Jews bury these people that were not really dead yet, and they were begging not to be buried, that they're still alive, that they should do something to kill them. But they didn't do anything, they just buried them alive. And these people had to do it, or else, these poor people who that were been picked to do it, because otherwise they themselves would have would up in--dead. That was a very, very traumatic experience. I can still hear them screaming.
Ruth tenía cuatro años cuando los alemanes invadieron Polonia y ocuparon Ostrowiec. Su familia fue forzada a vivir en un ghetto. Los alemanes expropiaron el negocio de fotografía de su padre, aunque lo dejaron trabajar afuera del ghetto. Antes de que se liquidara el ghetto, los padres de Ruth mandaron a su hermana a esconderse, y lograron conseguir trabajo en un campo fuera del ghetto. Ruth también se escondió, en los bosques o dentro del campo mismo. Cuando el campo fue liquidado, los padres de Ruth se separaron. Ruth fue mandada a varios campos de concentración antes de ser deportada a Auschwitz. Después de la guerra, Ruth vivió en un orfanato en Cracovia hasta que se reunió con su madre.
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