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Hannah N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1022) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Nina Taus

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1022

Videotape testimony of Hannah N., who was born in Essen, Germany in 1922 to a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. She recalls being raised as a Jew; little antisemitism until Hitler's ascent to power; her parents' unsuccessful attempts to emigrate; synagogue confirmation in 1937; being protected by a non-Jew during Kristallnacht; high school graduation in 1938; deportations of many Jews; Allied bombings; her deportation to a forced labor camp in 1944 (her mother was sent to Berlin); a privileged position due to having previously worked for the SS officer in charge (she was the only Jew not deported); receiving food from a civilian worker; liberation in Leipzig in April 1945; being cared for by United States troops; traveling to Essen in June; reunion with her father, then her mother; completing her education as a piano teacher; meeting her husband; emigration to the United States; and being joined by her parents in 1953. Mrs. N. notes she seldom spoke to her daughter about her experiences, but returned to Germany with her. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
N., Hannah, 1922-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
July 21, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hannah N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1022). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282869
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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