Ruth Glasberg Gold was born in Bukovina, Romania (now Ukraine) and deported at eleven to a concentration camp in Transnistria, where her parents and only brother perished.
After the war she joined a Zionist youth commune, and escaped from communist Romania on a freighter, shipwrecked off a Greek Island. Rescued by the British, she was taken to a detention camp on the island of Cyprus. A year later she was freed to go to Palestine.
Together with her commune, she helped create a new kibbutz in the Judean Hills near Jerusalem, and later entered Hadassah Nursing School in Jerusalem graduating as an R.N.
In 1954 Ruth became head-nurse at Elisha Hospital, then supervisor at Rambam Hospital, both in Haifa.
In 1958 she married and left Israel for Bogota, Colombia, where her son and her daughter were born. In 1972 the family emigrated to Miami, Florida. She was widowed in 1982.
Ruth was a participant in The International Study of Organized Persecution of Children; co-founder of WIZO (Women’s International Organization) in the U.S.A., founder of the first support group for child survivors of the Holocaust in Florida, and is a frequent speaker on the Holocaust. She is also a freelance interpreter in seven languages.
Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir University Press of Florida 1996,
is her first book.
In February 2000 it has been translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyr’s and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority. In October 2003 the same book has been published in Romania by “Editura Hasefer” and in June 2008 in Spanish by “Editorial Font” in Mexico. The German translation has been published in 2009 by Edition Steinbauer GmbH in Vienna, Austria.
On January 27, 2009 Ruth was a guest speaker at the U.N. in N.Y., at the International Day of Commemoration of the Holocaust.