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Oral history interview with Leo Hanin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0026 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0036

Leo Hanin, born in 1913, discusses his prewar life with his family in Vilnius, Lithuania; his parents’ decision to escape increasing persecution in Europe in 1916 and move to Harbin, China, where they had a relative; changing his name; getting married to a Russian Jew in China and starting a family; working with textiles across Asia and Europe; his pre and postwar experiences in Shanghai, China and Japan; the Shanghai ghetto; Communism in China after the war; helping organize a Jewish community in Japan; helping European Jews to escape the Holocaust and enter Japan; being liberated by the American forces in Japanese occupied China; going to Israel on the S.S. Wooster Victor; starting his own storage facility; the black market; his religious practices; moving to Tokyo, Japan; immigrating to the United States on the ship President Cleveland; Japan’s relationship with Germany during the war; his feelings about the importance of a Jewish State; the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement; and his involvement in a documentary about Jews in Japan.

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Hanin, Leo
Miles, Ginger
interview:  1999 January 22
Oral histories.
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:07
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