University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Margot DeWilde

Ruth Margot DeWilde was born July 17, 1921, in Berlin, Germany.  Margot lived in Holland at the time of the Nazi occupation of the country in the late spring of 1940. 

Margot worked in the underground by delivering false passports and identification cards to Jews to aid them in leaving Holland.  Margot and her husband were arrested when attempting to escape using these underground papers via train to Switzerland. Both were sent to Auschwitz where Margot's husband later died.

Margot endured and survived the infamous Nazi medical experiments that were performed in Auschwitz under the supervision of Dr. Josef Mengele. She was transferred near the end of the war to Ravensbrück concentration camp and was liberated at a satellite camp near the demarcation line of the British and Russian troops.  After the war Margot returned to Holland and was reunited with her mother, father and brother who had survived the war in hiding.

Margot immigrated to the United States in the 1960s and was an active speaker in the community for more than 30 years. In 2009 Margot’s story was published in the book Margot 47574: The Story of an Auschwitz Survivor. As told by Sharma L. Wolff and Carol L. Miller, Ph.D. by Pressworks, Inc. based in Plymouth, MN.  

Margot retired from public speaking in 2010, and passed away at the age of 92 in early May of 2014.

Ruth Margo DeWilde's testimony is available at the University of Minnesota through the Visual History Archive developed by the USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education (Also known as the Shoah Project). Visit the Visual History Archive website for more information.


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