Policemen arrive

"he had to take us away"
Ruth Foster



image of woman with raised hands

"It was on a Saturday morning, the 10th of December '41, that the police came, one policeman and a Gestapo man came to us, and the policeman cried like a child, that he had to take us away. The Gestapo man put a seal on the door, and we were taken, it was a town hall where already the family Grunbech and their daughter were waiting, and an uncle and aunt of mine. We were allowed to take a hundred pounds of luggage and hand luggage with us; we had to make a list of the inventory of our - we only had two rooms, what we left behind. And we were the eight deported at that time. We were taken by train to Osnabruck; this policeman, Brunt, what's his name, he accompanied us, and he cried all the way. And my mother was only upset, not because we were deported, but this was the first time in her life that she was on a train or that she rode on a shabbat."


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.