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Holocaust Survivor, 5/20

Holocaust Survivor, 5/20
  • DEI
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Holocaust survivor Ruth Kapp Hartz will share her personal story of survival during a special event hosted by the Downingtown Area School District (DASD) Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The evening presentation will take place on May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Downingtown High School West auditorium (445 Manor Ave., Downingtown).

As a four-year-old hidden child in southern France, Hartz assumed the identity of "Renee" to conceal her Jewish heritage from the occupying forces. Sheltered by a French farm family and later taking refuge in a small Catholic convent, Ruth faced constant danger as informants threatened to reveal the presence of Jewish children to the authorities.

Despite the harrowing circumstances, Ruth's family miraculously survived the war and returned to Paris. Ruth's resilience and determination led her to pursue higher education, eventually earning a degree in Biochemistry from Sorbonne University. In 1958, she embarked on a new chapter in the United States, where she built a life, raised a family, and dedicated herself to education.

At the event, Hartz will share her story in her own words, discussing her experiences during the Holocaust and her journey to rebuild her life. She will also answer questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Interested individuals can RSVP on TicketLeap.

To learn more about DEI in DASD, and to see the program in action, visit