Ruth Michel Kopolow was born in Landau, Germany in 1920. Ruth lived a warm and secure life with her parents, brother and grandparents. As a young girl, she celebrated Jewish and Christian holidays, and she had more Christian friends than Jewish friends growing up. In 1934, Ruth was barred from school because she was Jewish. In 1935, Ruth was sent to America by her parents on one of the first children’s transports out of Germany.
Ruth Michel Kopolow was placed in a foster home in St. Louis. Her brother arrived in 1936 and her mother arrived in 1938. Ruth’s father died in Auschwitz and one grandmother died in Gurs Concentration camp.
Ruth married Albert Kopolow and they had three daughters, Renee Rosen, Peggy Schaffer and Audrey Hitch, and a son, John L. Kopolow.
Ruth Michel Kopolow died on December 10, 2004.