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Oral history interview with Edith Hahn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.32 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0032

Edith Hahn de Kraus, born in 1917 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, describes her parents and their backgrounds; her childhood in Prague and her family; her education and getting a bachelor’s degree; having only Jewish friends; how her father hired a rabbi to teach her; working for her father’s import business and learning several languages; her father’s death in 1938; her hobbies and family vacations; how her family was not very devout; how her parents belonged to the Bnai-Brith; how her mother gave her an ultimatum on March 15, 1939, to marry or be sent to England; getting married in November 1939; being sent to live in the ghetto in 1941; how her mother went to Paris, France to deposit her jewels in 1939; being sent to Terezin in 1942 before her husband or her mother; living accommodations in the camp; working with the laundry; meeting people whom she would have never known in Prague; intellectual pursuits in the camp, including performances of Brecht’s Three Penny Opera and Verdi’s Requiem; their diet; a volley ball team; being prevented from going to Auschwitz in 1943 because she was in the hospital suffering from a contagious infection; managing to get her mother off the list for deportation to Auschwitz; how her mother died in the camp from dysentery; being sent to Auschwitz in September 1944; a visit of the Danish Red Cross; arriving in Auschwitz and not being tattooed; her sister’s preparation to go to Palestine in 1936; processing in Auschwitz and the facilities; being transferred to work in Germany, 30 km from Dresden; falling ill with scarlet fever; seeing Dresden in fire in February; exchanging gifts for birthdays; walking to Mauthausen and eating grass; her husband’s death in Auschwitz in December 1944; being liberated from Mauthausen by the Americans; returning to Prague and getting her apartment back; moving to Chile in June 1947; feeling accepted in Chile; not being able to forgive the Germans; and believing she survived due to luck.

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Hahn, Edith
Codner, Karen
interview:  2009 September 01
Oral histories.
2 digital files : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:18
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