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Having lived in Brazil as well as Germany, Andreas knew several languages and quickly picked up English. Bertha had trouble picking up this new language and was quite homesick for Germany. In 1930, Andreas bought her and Ruth tickets for a trip to Germany to visit her family. In order to pay for this trip and provide Bertha with spending money while they were in Germany, Andreas worked two jobs. The tickets would allow them to spend up to a year in Germany.
Bertha and Ruth sailed on the S.S. Bremen of the North German Lloyd shipping line, leaving New York on April 10 and arriving in Bremen on the 17th. Ruth celebrated her first birthday sailing on the Atlantic Ocean.
The S.S. Bremen; Bertha and Ruth on deck
Bertha and Ruth with fellow passengers; Bertha and Ruth on deck (both taken on April 15 - Ruth's birthday)
Bertha, Ruth, and Leopold Ziegenbein, the captain of the Bremen (both taken on April 15 - Ruth's birthday)
|Ruth Weinmann Munsell
concerning her life in Germany, 1930-1947