Student Interns Interview Holocaust Survivors: Hanne Liebmann and Janee Clark
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Student Interns Interview Holocaust Survivors: Hanne Liebmann and Janee Clark


– Alright, Janie, you
interviewed Hanne Liebmann. Why don’t you start off
and tell us about Hanne. – Okay, hello everyone,
my name is Janeé Clark. And, I would like to thank
Dr. Flug, for giving me the opportunity to do this internship. I was, I was partnered
with Hanne Liebmann, a wonderful, strong, woman. I must say strong, because
this lady is amazing. First off, during the
interview, she was screaming at me cause I was, I
didn’t really know about the Holocaust, so much, because
in school, it wasn’t really established, like, one of the
interns said in the beginning. However, she made sure I
pick up a book, and read, because I would like to be a
educator, and she made sure that I read history,
cause like we all know, history repeats itself. Even today, she came and
she said, “You have such “a beautiful baby, but you
gotta work on your grammar.” So, (laughs), so this lady is
very, (laughs), she is amazing and I, it’s a privilege and
honor to hear her story, and tell her story. She came from a small family,
a middle class family. Her mother was the bread
winner, the provider. She had a older brother, and, and her mother was in a, one apartment. Later on, her aunts and, her
grandmother, entered the home. However, she encountered so
many things from a child, six, five, six years old, in school when Hitler came in charge. And school, she remembered
memories when she would stand up and say good morning to
the teacher, and then, when Hitler came in charge,
there was like anti-slogans of Jewish people, written on the board. And, the students would have
to stand up and say like, these harsh slogans every
morning, every day would be some harsh slogans. And, at five, six years
old, like, you know, who would do that to children? However, if I was in her
shoes, I probably would’ve peed my pants, I wouldn’t know what to do. Like, I don’t wanna do that, you know? This lady is amazing, she,
her whole entire family was arrested, and sent to a
French camp, concentration camp. This camp was, a unique camp. They was able to receive letters, mail to their families and everything. However, it was a harsh situation. They were like in, wooden
brackets, with like 60 people. And it, they would get mails once a day. And, they had like, holes in
the floor, for like toilets and things like that,
this lady was able to get out of the camp, thanks
to the organizations like Red Cross, and welfare places. And, before she even left,
she managed to find a man, and, inside the camp, and
said, “Listen, you’re gonna “meet up with me one day.” And, she actually, she hid for a while. She hid for a while,
and, she lost her family. Her grandmother passed
away, due to illnesses. Her aunts passed away due to illnesses. Her other two aunts was
fortunate to get two Visas to move to Cuba, but she,
her mother was sent to a extermination camp, but
she was literally on her own. She had a small family, and had nothing. And like, just because of this
crisis, but unfortunately, she found a way to escape
from foot, train, bus, she managed to get to Switzerland. She met up with that man, in Switzerland. Married him and had a child, and came to America to start her life. But, with all of that that
she endured and encountered, she was still strong enough to continue. And, that’s what made it so great. Like, I have a small family. I have my fiance and my daughter. And, if anything happened to them, I don’t know what I would’ve done, I don’t know if I could
continue, you know? And, she continued with
her strength, her courage. She was, her mother was the
realest, didn’t make her to believe, you know, I’m coming
back, we’ll reunite one day, she actually went on, by
herself, and had, was so strong, to go through all of this,
and one day I would like to be like her, you know,
I would like to always, never give up, and always
continue and count my blessings. Because you never know,
history repeats itself. You know, and, you never
know what to expect. We have natural disasters
as far as the hurricane, and the flood, but this
wasn’t a natural disaster, somebody actually came and
took these people’s lives because they were Jewish,
you know, they killed their children, they
starved them, they did so much devastating things,
that I can’t imagine. If that happened today, I
wouldn’t know what to do, and I hope I have the strength
to do what she have done. – Now, last week, when you
went to interviewed Hanne, (audience applauds) you came, you interviewed
her in the library and you came into my office, and you said, “I have to sit down.” She says, “I can’t
believe what I just heard, “absolutely can’t believe
what I just heard.” Hanne, you now, you’ve met Janeé. – She is a very nice young
lady, she is very determined. And, I hope she reaches her goals. She understood what I trying to tell her. But, generally speaking, I would say, to lose your material things is nothing. It really doesn’t amount
to a hell of lot of things. But, if you lose your
family, if you see your mother taken away, this is tragic. Material things don’t count. – Man] Thank you very much. (audience applauds)

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