"There was a knock at the door, and the Gestapo had said they wanted to see my grandfather. I believe he was still in bed. Well, they followed my grandmother into their bedchambers, and he got dressed hastily.
They said he had to come with them. And they didn’t even give him time to put his shoes on. Now this man was 54 at the time. And I don’t know about his health exactly, but, you know, at that age to be treated that way-- so he was shoved in the back of a black car and taken away.
I believe he was in Saschenhausen, near Berlin."
Ruth's father was arrested shortly after Ruth left for school in Oldenburg on the morning of November 10, 1938, the morning after Kristallnacht. That morning would mark the last time Ruth ever saw her father.