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Hanne S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1859) interviewed by Susanna Newman and Brenda Stiefel,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1859

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    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.
    S., Hanne, 1922-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
    Interview Date
    April 23, 1991.
    Hagen (Arnsberg, Germany)
    Dordrecht (Netherlands)
    Gorinchem (Netherlands)
    Dussen (Netherlands)
    Huissen (Netherlands)
    Cite As
    Hanne S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1859). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Newman, Susanna, interviewer.
    Stiefel, Brenda, interviewer.
    Associated material: Marianne G. Holocaust testimony [sister] (HVT-1449), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 5 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.

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