- Hidden child.
- Born in Lvov, Poland.
- 1941 the Germans occupied and they had to go with arm bands.
- There deportation began first with the children. In their home there were 2 bathrooms so her parents hid her in one and put a cupboard in front. When the German came they told them that she was taken.
- They were in the Ghetto, hiding in a hole under the floor.
- Father worked outside.
- Her father smuggled her out of the ghetto under his overcoat and placed her with Joanna Szcygiel Zalucka's family because he expected to be slaughtered.
- Ruth spent most of her eight months at Zalucka's home just sitting in a chair, afraid to even look out the window from Joanna's bedroom. Joanna, then 18, was in charge of keeping an eye on the girl.
When visitors came, the 8-year-old would hide under Joanna's bed or duck into a trunk. Ruth spent so much time silent and immobilized that she had to relearn how to walk and speak normally.
- After eight months, Ruth was brought to the home of another Christian family that hid her parents for another two years in Oyack.
- Liberated by the Russians in July,1944.
- In 1953, Ruth and her parents moved to Brooklyn. Ruth and Joanna did not see each other again until Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005.
- Thanks to the Manhattan-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Gentiles, Gruener and Zalucka were reunited.
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