Respondent
Ruttenberg, Katherine M. (Kitty)
Interview Date
1985
Abstract
Kitty Ruttenberg, the wife of labor leader, Harold Ruttenberg, has traveled extensively with her husband in his work and formed personal relationships with many of the artists whose works they have collected;
[T1S1] birth in Budapest, Hungary, 1914; parents' immigration to the United States; education, Wilkinsburg High School, University of Pittsburgh; description of Pittsburgh in the late 1920s; early social and religious life; her relatives left in Hungary at that time;
[T1S2] her connections to Hungary; balancing her life and the suffering of relatives in Europe during WWII; her relationship with future in-laws; art collecting; her husband's career as a union organizer;
[T2S3] early years of marriage; her collaboration with him in business and socially; number of children; their educations; life in Washington while husband was director of War Production board; her personal mission to save her relatives from the Holocaust; she organizes an adult camp for labor leaders; her association with Temple Sinai; travels with her husband; sitting in on business conferences;
[T2S4] her linguistic skills; love of art; her involvement with the Reform movement in Judaism; her grandchildren; philosophy of life; their art collection; art by Jewish artists from America, Israel, and France; discussion of life in Israel; speaking for Bond dinner at Temple Sinai; continuing relationships in Israel;
[T3S5] her involvement with translating for Hungarian refugees during the 1950s; personal friendships with artists Chaim Gross, Yaacov Agam, and Naftali Bezem; board member, international board of Israel Museum; friendship with Baron Rothschild; donating a painting to the president's house in Jerusalem; Agam's fifty-third birthday party in Pittsburgh; discussion of religious observance of artists; donations of art to United Jewish Federation, Mervis School of Business, Israel Museum, Temple Sinai; discussion of her four children and their careers;
[T3S6] participating in art shows around the world; the reading of a prepared script.
Subjects
Agam, Yaacov, 1928-; Artists; Arts; Hungary; Israel; Ruttenberg, Harold
Birth Date
1914
City
Budapest
Country
Hungary
Emigration Date
1927
Work
Art collector
Residence
Squirell Hill; Oakland
Length (hours)
3
Interviewer1
Rosen, Ellaine
Interviewer2
Weis
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 42
Identifier
ais196440.396
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh