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Oral history interview with Leo Hanin

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

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    Oral history interview with Leo Hanin


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Leo Hanin
    Ginger Miles
    interview:  1999 January 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hanin, Leo, 1913-

    Administrative Notes

    Ginger Miles, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Leo Hanin on January 22, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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