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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.

N., Hannah, 1922-
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
July 21, 1987.
Essen (Germany)
Leipzig (Germany)
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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