Ruth von Saurma has recently be profiled in an al.com article: Alabama countess has seen amazing things—but why did she stay? An excerpt reads
One could write for days about the triumphant and tragic life of Ruth Gräfin von Saurma. Of her life in Frankfurt and Berlin in the days before World War II, of her marriage in Paris to Count Friedrich von Saurma, of her life as a countess until the war turned her into a refugee, along with her husband and their daughter Lily. Of grudgingly moving with her husband to Huntsville at the invitation of von Braun and the U.S. government. Of seeing her husband die young and suddenly in 1961. Of going to work for von Braun herself as an international relations specialist. Of being part of that breathtaking moment over Florida.
Whew. She is 93 years old now, fit and firm and as graceful as your would want a countess to be. She has lived a remarkable life. She has witnessed great and horrible things. She has seen great and wonderful things.
If you are interested in Ruth von Saurma and would like to read/see more after reading the article, we have a few things that might interest you here at M. Louis Salmon Library. First off, we have an interview with her from earlier this year [interview by Charles Lundquist], where she talks about her husband and herself and her time working with the space program and with international visitors to Huntsville:
We also have more information about her in the archives. You can see Dr. Charles Lundquist’s write up of her as one of the 216 covered Transplanted Rocket Pioneers (that’s a long finding guide, alphabetical by name); or read it in print via his book, Transplanted Rocket Pioneers.