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Ask Dr. Ruth Documentary to be Screened at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 5, 2019

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will screen the film Ask Dr. Ruth on Friday, September 20 at 1:45 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The program is free and open to the public.

Directed by Ryan White, the Hulu Original Documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth, tells the story of how Karola Ruth Siegel, of Frankfurt, Germany — the only member of her Jewish family to survive the Holocaust — became the 90-year-old author, therapist and media personality known throughout North America for her outspoken and frank advice on all matters sexual.

In the film, Westheimer speaks openly about her three marriages (the third, to Fred Westheimer, was the longest and happiest), and her children and grandchildren. We learn about how she was consistently ahead of her time — from her advocacy of choice and compassion for the gay community during the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s to her more recent open and compassionate discussion of LGBT issues.

Partly through compelling sequences taken from her diaries, we also learn how she at the age of 10 was sent by her parents to an orphanage in Switzerland as part of the Kindertransport, and a decade later, was a sniper in Israel’s war of independence, nearly losing her legs when an artillery shell exploded next to her.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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