Holocaust Survivor Visits Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 7, 2003 — Marylou Ruhe, a Holocaust survivor, will share her experiences with the Southeast Missouri State University campus and the Cape Girardeau public on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from noon to 1:20 p.m. in Dempster Auditorium in Crisp Hall.

Born in Lodz, Poland, at the age of 17, Ruhe, along with her father, was evicted from her home and sent to live in the Lodz ghetto.  In August 1944, she was taken to Auschwitz and was separated from her father.  She was moved again to a holding camp in Bergen Belsen, where she was housed near the Dutch Barracks in which Anne Frank died.  Ruhe also spent several weeks in a labor camp and was forced to make ammunition for the German army.

Ruhe was finally liberated in April, 1945.  She eventually emigrated to the United States with her husband.  They now live in St. Louis, and Ruhe is a docent at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  She gives lectures and presentations in Greater St. Louis and Illinois.  She is a writer of short stories based on her memories of the Holocaust.

Ruhe’s presentation at Southeast will complement a course on the Holocaust being offered by the University this fall.  A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge.  If you would like more information about Ruhe’s visit, please call Dr. Mitchel Gerber, professor of political science, at (573) 651-2694.