Ruth Jacobsen spent her first childhood in Germany. It ended one
night when she was six years old and hiding in terror as she
watched people being thrown from windows. It was Kristallnacht, the
Night of Breaking Glass.
Her family fled and found haven in the idyllic Dutch village of
Oud Zuylen. There Ruth became a child again.
When she was eight, the Germans invaded Holland. When she was
nine, her grandmother was put on a train and never seen again. Soon
she was wearing a Jewish star on her coat. When she was 10, she was
separated from her parents. Frightened and alone, she went from
house to house, hiding from the Nazis in the homes of strangers.
Ruth Jacobsen's childhood was over forever. For the rest of her
life she tried to forget her loss.
One day, forty years after the war, she opened an album of
family photographs that had lain in a box at the bottom of a
"My fear had always been that I would break down or become
hysterical," she writes. Instead, she transformed the images into
art, creating a series of vivid collages that pieced together her
shattered childhood. As she worked, long suppressed memories came
to the surface. She wrote them down.
The result is a unique document of a life and a time. Rescued
Images combines Ruth's collages and her moving memoir of the
wrenching events of a half century ago. Young Ruth Jacobsen is
brought back to life on these pages: frightened and bewildered,
buffeted by forces she cannot understand or control, bending but
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