Arrivals: Seeking a safe port in a world buffeted by war and tragedy

A deeply personal life interwoven with Jewish history.

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February 21, 2018 20:41
A PURIM street carnival in Holon in 2015RUTH ROGOFF

RUTH ROGOFF. (photo credit: GLORIA DEUTSCH)

Retired in Netanya, where she arrived in 2015, Ruth Rogoff’s smooth unlined face and calm demeanor betray little of the traumas and heartbreaks she has experienced in her 84 years.

The story begins in a small German town, Zwickau in Saxony, where Rogoff was born into a happy well-established family that was lucky to escape the Holocaust. She remembers a statue of composer Robert Schumann in the town square. Her hassidic grandfather was appointed the community rabbi in Dukla. In those days the work included being shohet, hazan and mohel.

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