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Ruth (Huppert) Elias
Transcript of Ruth (Huppert) Elias
Ruth was born on October 6th, 1922 in Moravska Ostrava , a city in the region of Moravia with the third largest Jewish Community in Czechoslovakia.
As a young child, her parents divorced.
Ruth and her sister Edith moved in with their grandmother but still kept in close contact with their father.
Ruth trained to be a pianist and hoped to attend a musical academy in Prague
Life in the Ghetto
After Ruth and Edith were sent to a farm near Brno to work, Ruth and her family were deported to Theresienstadt ghetto in 1942.
She married her boyfriend, Koni, a ghetto policeman and were able to build and share an apartment with another couple.
Ruth became pregnant in 1943.
She begged doctors in the ghetto to terminate her pregnancy but they refused.
She was then transported to Auschwitz.
Ruth had various jobs in Auschwitz including moving rocks, working in a leather workshop, and clearing rubble.
After three days of work, her block elder reported Ruth and another pregnant woman.
After Ruth gave birth to a baby girl, an SS doctor ordered her breasts to be tied off with string as part of a medical experiment to see how long her baby daughter could live without food.
Ruth secretly fed the baby by soaking pieces of bread in water, but the baby grew weak, her stomach swelling from hunger. A prisoner-doctor convinced Ruth to inject a lethal dose of morphine into the suffering baby, who had no chance of surviving.
Mengele sent her on the next transport to forced labor near Leipzig.
The camp was evacuated on April 14, 1945, Ruth and Kurt both volunteered to stay behind with the sick. They left the camp after being warned by the inmates of a nearby camp that the SS might come back and kill them. They then were liberated by American troops in a nearby forest.
Kurt learned that his wife Lisa Wodak and child had perished. Ruth returned to Ostrava to discover that none of her immediate had survived either. Her father perished in 1941 in Theresienstadt, and her sister perished in concentration camp.
Though her husband Koni had survived, they had become estranged while in Auschwitz, and the marriage did not survive. Subsequently Ruth shared a small, furnished room with Kurt. She worked as a secretary while he studied pharmacology.
She and Kurt married on April 18, 1947, the date they had been liberated and Kurt's birthday.
They decided to immigrate to Israel and on April 1, 1949 immigrated to Israel.