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Oh, you like that? ” She tilts her head coquettishly at me. ” And I settle back to hear about this time when Ruth was still living in the Hollywood house. “I saw him injured on the road, a young one. He was injured in his mouth. The lower jaw was pushed in the opposite direction of the upper, and it was like a cross there, he couldn’t eat. And he would always go—” She makes a raspy, gasping sound. “So I picked him up and brought him to our house, and put him into the bottom of the shower, just to confine him and keep him safe.
In 1931 the German banking system crumbled, and the next year, unemployment in Germany approached 40 percent. The government lowered the salaries of civil servants, decreased unemployment assistance, and raised taxes. Resistance to this opened the door to extremist political parties, including the National Socialists. Political instability increased, paving the way for Hitler’s takeover of power. Plunged into poverty and frustration, looking for someone to blame, and goaded by their leaders, the German people began to attribute their misfortunes to the Jewish population.
I became suddenly the good girl again, yah? “Mutti was tough sometimes,” she admits, and recalls the times when her mother would lock the door and beat all four children with a leather belt, leaving them bruised and shaken. But Ruth defends her mother, accepting the blame. “Sometimes we were very nasty, we would steal money from her and buy chocolate and things like that, and would not do our job: once were seven little gooses killed because we let them out in the rain. ” She adds that her mother beat them with the belt on only two occasions.