Hanne S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1859) interviewed by Susanna Newman and Brenda Stiefel
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 23, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding
- Cite As
- Hanne S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1859). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hanne S., who was born in Hagen, Germany in 1922. She recalls her parents' successful millinery and yarn shop; attending lyceum; expulsion due to anti-Jewish laws; Nazi intimidation of their non-Jewish customers; escalating vandalism; their emigration to Dordrecht, Netherlands; her parents establishing a similar store; attending school; German invasion; compulsory transfer inland to Gorinchem; her parents' decision to go into hiding with the help of non-Jewish friends (the Hucks); being separated from her sister and parents to hide with a farm family; moving when suspicions were aroused; obtaining false papers; working as a maid; living with a minister's family in Dussen; attending church where she briefly saw her sister (they could not speak); placement with a school principal in Huissen; liberation in May 1945; reunion with her sister; living with the Hucks; and emigrating with her sister to the United States in 1949 to join their uncle. Mrs. S. discusses learning of her parents' deportation and deaths; continuing close friendship with the Hucks; difficulties maintaining her sense of identity while in hiding; the generosity of all those who hid her; and visiting her hometown in Germany where she believes antisemitism remains strong.