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Oral history interview with Anna Hanzová

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

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    Oral history interview with Anna Hanzová


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Anna Hanzová
    Eva Riečanská
    interview:  2011 September 29
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hanzová, Anna.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    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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