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Ruth Meisner

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Ruth Meisner
Hana's grandmother.JPG
First appearance Wireless, Part 1
In-story stats
Known ability None
Formal name Ruth Blumenthal née Meisner
Age 68
Date of birth 1921
Date of death July 6th 1989
Home Germany, Israel
Occupation Former Anti-Nazi resistance fighter
Former dancer
Significant other Zivi Blumenthal (husband)
formerly Rooijker
Child David Rooijker
Zahava Gitelman
Grandchild Hana Gitleman

Ruth Meisner was the mother of David Rooijker and Zahava Gitelman, and grandmother of Hana Gitelman. Having served as a freedom fighter against the Nazi regime in World War II, and later suffered imprisonment in their death camps (though survived), Ruth left a strong legacy for both her daughter and granddaughter.

Character History

Graphic Novel:Wireless, Part 1

Hana's tanta (grandmother) fights the Nazis; the resistance uses smoke to communicate and coordinate attacks. She fights a losing battle, until she is finally interred in Auschwitz.

In 1989, in Jerusalem, Israel, Hana, Zahava, and Hana's grandmother board a bus. The vehicle careens off the road in a suicide attack, and the two older women are killed, leaving Hana to survive in the hospital.

Graphic Novel:Wireless, Part 3

In 1944, Hana's grandmother is brought into custody by the Nazis. When she feels threatened by one of her captors, she kicks him in his jaw.

Graphic Novel:Wireless, Part 4

Thinking of her grandmother in World War II, Hana considers her pride.

Heroes Evolutions

According to the Gitelman family tree found by Micah in the archives of, Ruth had a relationship with an unknown Dutch freedom fighter, possibly named Rooijker. They had a son born in 1943, possibly named David.

A Global News Interactive video posted on Hana's website reports that Ruth was once a dancer. The report also claims that in 1943 during World War II, Ruth gave birth to a son named David, fathered by Rooijker. David grew up and later became known as Richard Drucker.


  • While in Auschwitz, Hana's grandmother receives a tattoo on her right wrist. The number sequence begins "359".
  • When speaking of her grandmother, Hana sometimes refers to her as "Tanta". On her MySpace page, Hana calls her "Bubbe".


Hana-Related Graphic Novel Characters edit

Child pornographerChinese officialDorothyEmbassy employeeJoshua GitelmanZahava GitelmanHana's drill sergeantHana's psychologistHana's training partnerHana's teacherIDF enlisting officerKristyRuth MeisnerPentagon commanderCasey Z. SmithHenry Strauss

See Also: WirelessThe Path of the RighteousWar BuddiesThe Death of Hana GitelmanGraphic Novel CharactersOther Characters