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Oral history interview with Anna Hanzová

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.438.14 | RG Number: RG-50.688.0014

Anna Hanzova, born November 21, 1921 in Hanusovce, Slovakia, discusses her prewar friendships with neighboring Jews; the Friedman family whose son Aron was the same age as she; how she would light candles for them on Shabbat; the hiding of the Friedmans in a barn attic during deportations; bringing food to those in hiding; collecting birth certificates of Jews in hiding in 1942; lying to a clerk to get the documents; baking bread to give Jews hiding in the woods in bunkers; Gardists suspecting her of helping Jews; being warned of her arrest; helping a Jewish girl named Perla Neumanova go into hiding in Parchovany; her mother’s instance that they must help Jews; hearing about the Friedman family being taken to a labor camp in Novaky; hearing about three daughters who initially hid in a closet and then hid with a local family; the sisters’ relocation to Western Slovakia where they survived the war; witnessing a freight train packed with people being transported through Hanusovce in 1942; her mother giving food to labor camp prisoners; hearing about prisoners catching mice in the fields to eat; her contact with the Friedman family who immigrated to Israel after the war; and reunited with Perla Neumanova after the war.

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Hanzová, Anna
Riečanská, Eva
interview:  2011 September 29
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:31
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