Ruth Maier was born into a middle-class Jewish family in interwar Vienna. Following the Anschluss of Austria in March 1938, the world of the Viennese Jewish community crumbled. In early 1939, her sister having left for England, Ruth emigrated to Norway and lived with a Family in Lillestrom. Although she loved many things about her new country and it's people, Ruth's relationship with her hosts soon turned stale, then sour. Ruth became increasingly isolated in Norway until she met a soulmate, Gunvor Hofmo, who was to become a celebrated poet. Norway itself became a Nazi conquest in April 1940, and Ruth's attemps to join the rest of her family became even more urgent. She never left Norway, and in November 1942 she was deported to Auschwitz where she was exterminated on arrival.
She had recently turned twenty-two.