4 2018

Johanna Hammel: The Journey of a Jewish Woman From Auschwitz-Birkenau

11:00AM - 1:00PM  

Columbia Jewish Congregation 5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045

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Johanna Hammel: The Journey of a Jewish Woman From Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1898-1942

Madeleine Fagan and Uta Allers
Sunday, November 4, 2018 — 11:00am
CJCS/Oakland Mills HS, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

On October. 22, 1940, 42-year-old Johanna Hammel (Konstanz, Germany) and her parents, Gustav and Lina, were forcibly rounded up by Nazi soldiers and deported to the Gurs internment camp in southwestern France. They were delivered into the armed custody of the French Vichy regime, which assisted Hitler in carrying out his Jewish “cleansing” of Germany. While Johanna’s sister, Erna Veit, sought to secure her family’s release to the safe haven of Switzerland, where she lived with her husband and daughter, Johanna devoted her days of incarceration to caring for her beloved mother. Her inhumane journey would end violently in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Johanna Hammel was the Great Aunt of CJC member Madeleine Fagan. Uta Allers is the translator.

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