Ruth Levi

"There is no substitute for a strong family relationship."

Name at birth
Ruth Hess
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany
Name of father, occupation
Siegfried, Sales representative
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Helena Eckmann, Nurse
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Mother, father, sister Liesel, me and baby brother
How many in entire extended family?
Who survived the Holocaust?
Six, my immediate family and my uncle. My father was sent to a concentration camp after Kristallnacht.
In November, 1938, I was almost 6 years of age when I was sent with my sister Liesel, almost 5, to an orphanage in Holland.  We were joined with our parents and baby brother in England in January of 1940 and arrived in the United States shortly afterwards. 
Occupation after the war
Schoolgirl later Realtor
Benno, Finance
Regina, systems analyst, Barnard College Tova, dentist and matchmaker Ernest, podiatrist Noah, dentist Uriel, podiatrist Gabe, pathologist
Nineteen and ten great-grandchildren
What do you think helped you to survive?
My parents’ determination.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
There is no substitute for a strong family relationship.
Charles Silow
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