Dr. Ruth Westheimer
November 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.
Dr. Ruth was a sex therapist whose career as a media personality began when she hosted a radio show, Sexually Speaking, starting in 1980. Dr. Ruth has since hosted several series on the Lifetime Channel and is the author of 45 books— not just about sex, but about aging and caregiving too.
Dr. Ruth, who is an unbelievable 93 years old, is in great health and is as sharpwitted as you remember her. She is still teaching classes at Columbia University and enjoys life with her family, which includes four grandchildren.
Dr. Ruth was also a holocaust survivor, the only child of Orthodox Jews. She had an idyllic childhood in Bavaria until her father was taken from her in 1938 by the Nazi’s a week after Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, in 1938. Her grandmother handed the Nazis money and asked that he be taken care of, but he was murdered in Auschwitz. Her mother was also later killed. Because of the growing violence and tension, her mother and grandmother made the decision to send Ruth to Switzerland. She never saw her family again. At age 10, she arrived at the orphanage of a Jewish charity in Heiden and took on the role of mother figure to the children there.
“But a German Jewish surgeon fixed me so that I was able to ski all my life—I was a black-diamond skier—and to dance the whole night,” reported Dr. Ruth.
Her story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie, but it’s all true.
Dr. Ruth now has a documentary about her amazing life, Ask Dr. Ruth, that was released to HULU.
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