Curtis, Ruth Dina: Personal papers

Scope and Content

Papers of Ruth Dina Curtis, 1937-2000, comprising copies of correspondence between Ruth Dina Curtis and her family [1940s], an identity card for Herbert Cohn and a biographical account in English of Ruth Dina Curtis (nee Heideman) by her son.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ruth Dina Curtis was born into an orthodox Jewish family in 1920 in North Germany. Her father was a banker who provided services for the farming community in Stade. The advent of the Nazis in 1933 brought discrimination, a move to Hamburg and ultimately death and separation. Ruth's parents (Adolf and Therese Heidemann) were deported by the SS from Hamburg to Riga in December 1941, whereupon they 'disappeared' presumed murdered having been unable to obtain visas for the United States due to the strict quota system. Aged 19 Ruth was granted an entry permit for the UK and arrived in August 1939.



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Received from the family.

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Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

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