Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Experiences as a Hidden Child

Release Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ruth HartzPHILADELPHIA, PA – Ruth Hartz brings her story of being a hidden child during the Holocaust to Chestnut Hill College in the lecture, "Reflections of a Hidden Child during World War II," on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in the Social Room, Fournier Hall.

Ms. Hartz covers her experiences during World War II as a young child hidden with her family in southern France. During this time she also hid in a small Catholic convent to avoid capture from the Gestapo and the Vichy French Police. Both Ruth and her parents survived the war, and were able to return to their home in Paris. In 1958, Ms. Hartz came to the United States and has become a dedicated speaker on the topic of the Holocaust and tolerance. Her childhood memoir “Your Name is Renée” was published in 1999 by the Oxford University Press and the French translation was released in 2005 by Beach Lloyd Publishers. A teaching guide for the book has also been released which provides teachers with a course outline, questions and guidance on how to relate these experiences to current living for students. She is the director and producer of “A Legacy of Goodness,” a DVD about her rescuers.

Ms. Hartz is a member of the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Council, the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the Alliance Francaise.

She spent 22 years teaching French, literature and culture at the Springside School in Philadelphia, Pa. where a library section dedicated to Holocaust studies is named in her honor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Lorraine Coons, chair of the history and political science department at 215-248-7184 or e-mail lcoons@chc.edu.