persecution

Perpetrators and victims—stories about man's inhumanity to man

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Anguish during the bombing of Berlin
  • Nov 11, 2020

Watching from afar as British ‘heavies’ are lobbed into Berlin's neighborhoods

from Another Time, Another Place

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Escape from Berlin—last good chance to get out
  • Aug 13, 2017

Our reconstructed timeline: How Elly and Helga Ringel were smuggled with SS escort out of Germany and across the Belgian border in August 1938

from Ruby Family History Project

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Final days in Kovno
  • Aug 13, 2017

The amazing story of the unrelated Rabinowitz family in the days before the liquidation of Kovno. Two sons survived to make their lives in Israel…

from Ruby Family History Project

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Ghosts of Weißensee—the cemetery played on
  • Aug 13, 2017

How did Betty Katz meet her end in February 1942?

from Ruby Family History Project

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If walls could talk—75 years in a Parisian villa
  • Aug 13, 2017

Insider dealings in the French jewelry trade. Swank cocktail parties for the Nazi elite. A rough-cut Jewish jeweler and his ebullient new wife.…

from Ruby Family History Project

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Margot Dränger's survival story
  • May 15, 2021

Helga's second cousin suffered unimaginable traumas in and around Krakow from 1939 to 1945. She survived and gave testimony later in life

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Motives for mercy—the consuls of Toulouse
  • Aug 13, 2017

In July 1940, consular officials from three nations conspired to open an escape route for Jews out of occupied France. Why did they do it?

from Ruby Family History Project

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Our family during the Nazi years in Berlin
  • Aug 13, 2017

During the first five years of Hitler's reign of terror, Jewish families of Berlin faced one repression after another.

from Ruby Family History Project

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Rose Ratner's scar—the 1881 pogrom in Rostov
  • Aug 13, 2017

The Tulbowitz tavern in Novocherkassk was overrun by Cossacks during the Rostov pogrom of 1881

from Ruby Family History Project

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The Clerc jewelry aryanization files
  • Aug 13, 2017

The Clerc jewelry assets were seized and resold to an Aryan buyer. The Nazis kept perfect records of the transactions.

from Ruby Family History Project

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The Kaufhaus at Schloßstraße 97
  • Nov 01, 2020

In 1907, Moritz Feidt built a department store in Berlin Stieglitz. It still stands today

from Another Time, Another Place

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Bilingual blogging—my French collaborator
  • Aug 13, 2017

Historical blogging makes strange bedfellows. A French jewelry critic and I were both interested in the history of the Clerc jewelry business…

from Ruby Family History Project

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Lest we forget—Ringel Holocaust testimony
  • Aug 13, 2017

Rosa Shatner, née Ringel, and her lovely daughter Margot perished in a Serbian death camp. Rosa's son Ze'ev Sharon gave testimony in…

from Ruby Family History Project

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Tiegenhof and Elbing
  • Aug 27, 2020

After her husband's death, Frederike Wohlgemuth returned with her children to her old home town. Later, her sons entered business as mill owners…

from Ruby Family History Project

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