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Hanna Weiss with the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen at the 2017 APC

Hanna Weiss and her mother on board of the ship The Unafraid

Many of the survivors started new families and thereby declared their victory over the Nazis. Later, a picture of Rachel and other Jews being transported in a cattle wagon on the way to extermination was published. This is the only picture we have of Grandma Rachel Klot. This picture was previously displayed at Yad Vashem and is now on display in the Holocaust Museum at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. My mother Pola and her father were sent to the Stutthof concentration camp, just as were the rest of the Jews in Vilnius. Only very few survived. Her father Gedaliah did not survive. In the winter of 1945, my mother, together with other Jews in the camp, set out on a Death March headed towards Germany. In this harsh winter, from January to the end of March, they walked

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in deep snow, without food or proper clothing. One night, towards the end of the war, when my mother and the others slept in a barn in one of the villages, the German soldiers fled in fear of the upcoming Red Army soldiers. Just before they fled, they set the barn on fire. My mother managed to crawl out and save a friend from the fire. They were liberated. The survivors had typhoid, fever and other illnesses and were sent to a hospital. Life at Deggendorf DP camp After her recovery, my mother came to the Deggendorf DP (Displaced Persons) camp, where she met my father David Wurzberg, who was born in Krakow, Poland. He was in various camps and managed to escape, afterwards wandering through Poland without being caught because he looked like a Pole, light skin and hair tone. In Deggendorf my parents married and I was born there in 1946. They lived in the main building of the barracks. Thanks to my friend Anna Andlauer, whom I got to know at an APC event

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Alpendistel #2 (K)eine Welt von Gestern. Der herausfordernde Umgang mit Erinnerungen  

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