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Oral history interview with Hanny Leitson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.355 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0601

Hanny Leitson (née Johanna Gross), born June 16, 1925 in Vienna, Austria, discusses her family life before the war; how the Nazi rise to power affected her family members, especially her father who was an attorney; how her brother left in 1938 for Denmark and then later traveled to Bolivia; her feelings about leaving her family to go on the Kindertransport in 1939; how she and her mother prepared for her journey to England; her memories of crossing the Dutch border by train and then taking a ship to England; how her mother’s cousins met her in England and arranged for her to live with a foster family in Cheltenham; learning English and attending school in England; her work as a secretary for the US Signal Corps in Cheltenham; how her parents immigrated to the United States in 1939 and settled in Elmhurst, New York; the death of her father; her immigration to the United States in November 1944 to be with her mother; difficulties in adjusting to living with her mother again; receiving a scholarship to the University of Michigan; her brother’s, step-brother’s, and mother’s lives after the war; studying English literature; and meeting her husband at the University of Michigan.

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Ms. Hanny Leitson
Ann E. Erling Gofus
interview:  2010 October 15
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:24
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