Night Out With Meaning: How Ruth became Renee to Escape the Nazis

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November 3, 2022 | Ruth Kapp Hartz's Story as a Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France


Storyteller: Ruth Kapp Hartz


As a young Jewish child during World War II, Ruth Kapp Hartz had to change her name and hide in French farms and a convent so that the Nazis would not find her. Through the generosity of the farm families and the Mother Superior of the convent (the only nun who knew that Ruth and other children were Jewish, and not orphans), Mrs. Hartz was able to survive the war and be reunited with her parents in Paris.


She immigrated to the United States in 1958 and taught French language, literature, and culture at Springside School for 22 years.


Mrs. Hartz, with Stacy Cretzmeyer, published her biography Your Name is Renee in 1999.


This special Night Out With Meaning will be on November 3,, 2022. More information can be found about Mrs. Hartz here.

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