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Ruth Weiss – Paths Through Tough Grass

Eyewitness Talk – Experiences and Fates of Jews during the Nazi Era (video recording available, in German)

Ruth Weiss was born in Fürth near Nuremberg in 1924 as the child of Jewish parents. Her father, Richard Löwenthal, lost his job as early as 1933 and emigrated to South Africa with the help of relatives. In 1936, eleven-year-old Ruth and the rest of the family were able to follow him and escape the Shoah. Ruth Weiss became a renowned journalist for numerous African and international media outlets and an important African voice against apartheid, racism, misogyny and antisemitism. She maintained contact with important African freedom fighters, including Nelson Mandela.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Video recording from 20 Sep 2022; Jewish Museum Berlin, in German; Thumbnail: Ruth Weiss; photo: Sigi Tischler

Alongside her work in journalism, Weiss also made a name for herself as an author of historical novels. In her bestseller My Sister Sara, racism, apartheid and antisemitism intersect dramatically. The book is widely read in German schools, and she herself is involved in educational activities against antisemitism and racism through readings.

Ruth Weiss is Honorary President of the PEN Centre of German-Speaking Writers Abroad and has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit First Class and the “Honorary Award of the German Africa Prize” for her engagement. She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Ruth Weiss will talk with Aubrey Pomerance, director of the JMB Archives, about her eventful life.

With the support of Berliner Sparkasse

Where, when, what?

  • When Tue 20 Sep 2022, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map

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