Rules on pregnancy in the ghettos

"nobody was allowed to give birth to babies"
Ruth Foster testimony



"We were twenty nurses, two male nurses and eighteen girls. The hospital was on two levels. We performed lots of operations there, complicated ones, and also a lot of abortions, because nobody was allowed to give birth to babies. The women who found themselves pregnant, even from arriving pregnant into the ghetto, or became pregnant from their husbands while they were still with their husbands, had to have their pregnancies terminated. So we had quite a lot of abortions. It so happens that one Latvian Jewish woman gave birth to a little boy who was called Ben Ghetto. The Germans found out - I mean the Kommandantur; when I say now the Germans it was the Kommandantur where the SS were sitting, they found out about it, and this baby and the mother were brought to our hospital, and the baby had to be killed. First of all there were SS men put in front of the room where the mother and the baby were, and at a certain time the baby had to be killed."


Ruth Foster
Born 1922, Lingen an der Emms, Germany.
Deported to Riga ghetto 1941. By ship to Gdansk 1944, Stutthof camp. Forced labour in Sotienwalde. Death march to Chinow. Liberated 1945. Arrived England 1947, married, one child, two grandchildren.