Thursday, April 24, 2014

[533] Survivor of Nazi evil tells her story at MTSU on Holocaust Remembrance Day

MURFREESBORO — Her mother died in a concentration camp, and her father died from injuries fighting with the French Resistance.

Frances Cutler Hahn, a survivor of the horrors of the Third Reich, will tell her story at 12:45 p.m. Monday, April 28, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Room 106 of MTSU’s Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.

The 78-year-old Nashville resident was born in 1936 in France to Polish parents just before the Nazi occupation of Paris. They put her in a children’s home at the age of 3 to save her life.

Hahn’s mother was initially taken to Camp Drancy, a detention camp, and later to Auschwitz, where she was murdered at the age of 28.

Fearing losing his daughter the same way, Hahn’s father placed her with a Catholic farming family for the duration of the war. He succumbed to his war injuries in 1946 at the age of 35.

Following the war, Hahn lived in orphanages until the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society arranged for her transportation to Philadelphia in 1948 at age 10.

Hahn donated her personal collection of documents to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013. The collection includes copies of photographs of her parents, letters to their family in Poland, photographs of Hahn in wartime children’s homes and postwar orphanages and documents relating to her emigration to the United States.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by MTSU’s Holocaust Studies Program and Jewish and Holocaust Studies Minor. A searchable campus map with parking details is available at

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