Lothar Kahn papers
The Lothar Kahn papers consist of biographical materials, a personal narrative, and photographs documenting Louis Hane, born Lothar Kahn, of Lollar, Germany, his marriage to Maria Dort, who was not Jewish, the forced labor he performed in Berlin during the Nazi period, and his family’s immigration to the United States in 1946.
Biographical materials include a birth certificate, identification papers, a report card, employment records, registration documents, and a testimony of character documenting Louis Hane’s childhood in Giessen, his work in Berlin, and his immigration to the United States.
Louis Hane’s personal narrative is titled Super Against My Will (Hauswart Wider Willen): A Memoir of Pre and World War II Germany. He wrote it in German in the 1970s after his retirement, but the copy in this collection is an English translation by his son Herbert Hane, who also included his own edits and comments. The memoir describes Louis’ childhood in Lollar, working for his father’s oil supply business, and marrying Maria Dort. He describes his three week imprisonment at the Osthofen concentration camp in 1933 as a political prisoner; being forced out of his job in 1935; moving to Berlin, and the
voluntary work and forced labor he performed there at Siemens‐Bauunion, Siemens‐Halske, Siemens‐Schuckert, C. Pose Nachf., and at the Scheffler Moving Company; his arrest in 1943 during the Fabrikaktion and release the following day; the liberation of Berlin by the Red Army; his reunion with his family in Lollar; denazification; and his family’s immigration to the United States in 1946.
Photographs depict Louis’ grandparents, Levi and Susanne Lowenstein; his father, mother, and sister, Albert, Regina, and Leni Kahn; his wife Maria Dort; and his sons, Wolfgang, Herbert, and Juergen.
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