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Atlanta, Georgia
November 15, 1995
18 pages

Hana Kraus Beer was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. When Czechoslovakia was dismembered by the Germans in 1938 her family's life became very difficult. Hana had to leave school and took a job as an apprentice seamstress. The Kraus family hoped to be able to immigrate but they were ultimately unable to do so before the war began. Hana and her parents were sent to Theresienstadt in 1942. There Hana's father died of pneumonia and the lack of medical care. Her mother, Elly, was deported from Theresienstadt on one of the last transports near the end of the war. Hana wanted to go with her, but she was sent back by the Germans. Elly was probably murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau but Hana never found out what happened to her conclusively. When Theresienstadt was liberated by the Russians in May 1945, Hana returned to Pilsen but did not stay. She eventually immigratied to England and then the United States, where she married Walter Beer, also a Holocaust survivor. Hana discusses her childhood and family, her life under the Germans before they were deported to Theresienstadt and finally her life and the fate of her family in Theresienstadt, including the visit of the Red Cross and the lack of food and medical care, her liberation and life after the war.

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Hana Kraus Beer (1925 - 2004) - Oral History

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Kraus, Ernest

Kraus, Elly ( - 1944)

Prague, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

Holocaust Survivors

Ghettos: Czechoslovakia
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Beer, Hana Kraus, 1925-2004

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

Pilsen, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic

World War, 1939-1945

Theresienstadt (Ghettos: Czechoslovakia)
World War, 1939-1945; Ghettos: Czechoslovakia

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Emigration and Immigration

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