Ruth Levenson, Cecily Burke, and David Taussig

Recorded May 9, 2010 Archived May 9, 2010 01:19:55
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Ruth Levenson (87) talks to her son David Taussig (60) and daughter-in-law Cecily Burke (61) about her life as a Holocaust refugee and eventually immigrating to the United States.

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Ruth’s family came from Stanislaw, Poland. They were heavily involved in the fur business and came to Leipzig, Germany in the 1880’s.
Dodi (David) Blye warned family of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power and convinced them to leave Germany.
Ruth and her family travel throughout Europe and South America trying to get a Visa to come to the United States.
Arrived in New York at the age of 19 and remembers seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time.
Remembers various moments of anti-Semitism from her childhood: none of the other children wanted to play with her because she was Jewish.
Ruth does not consider herself a Holocaust survivor, but rather a Holocaust refugee.
Came to live in California at 2004 after she had a bad fall in her house.


  • Ruth Levenson
  • Cecily Burke
  • David Taussig