Frida Hahn

Tom Leonard tmleonard at
Mon Apr 28 22:15:32 UTC 2008

Thought I'd add a bit regarding Freida Hahn.

My Ponca mother, Josetta Rush was friends with Freida. She had many 
stories about her. To my best understanding, as mom told it, Freida was 
German. She actually told a story about how they (Poncas) were all 
amazed that Freida could "/i'e with those German ukhi'te at Miller's 101 
Ranch/" (German WWI POWs that never went back).

Some time in the late 30s Freida was called back to Germany and she 
went. Mom said that all the Ponca boys that went to Europe in WWII tried 
to find her, but to no avail. Mom and her sisters tried to locate her 
through the Red Cross, but they never found her. The fear has always 
been that she had been killed in the holocaust.


Rankin, Robert L wrote:
> I did a little more checking on Frida Hahn, the student of Franz Boas who wrote the Ponca grammar found in the Gordon Marsh Collection of the APS.  There was a Frida Hahn listed in the 1920 US Census from Lincoln, Nebraska, daughter of one William Hahn who had emigrated from Russia.  At the time our Frida was exchanging correspondence with Franz Boas she would have been 23-27 years old -- just about right for a graduate student.  And she might have been naturally attracted to study Ponca since she was from Nebraska.  According to the Census figures, below, she apparently had a brother and possibly three sisters.  
> Those of you living in the Lincoln area might want to make some phone calls to the Hahns in the Lincoln phone directory and see if any of the names below rings a bell.  There may be some children or grandchildren still around, and we could clear up the question "What ever happened to Frida Hahn?" once and for all.  They might appreciate the information we have about her too.
> Her father and mother were both born in Russia
> NAME                     STATUS   AGE     FATHER       BIRTHPLACE
> Hahn, Emma               Married  43  F   William (H9)   Russia 
> Hahn, Emma                Single  11  F   William (H9)  Nebraska
> Hahn, Frida               Single  13  F   William (H9)  Nebraska
> Hahn, George              Single  22  M   William (H9)  Nebraska
> Hahn, Hazel               Single  9m  F   William (H9)  Nebraska
> I also checked the listings of names of persons who died in the holocaust.  There were at least three Frida Hahns from various places in Silesia and Hungary, but they were all born in the 1880s.  Let us hope she was not one of them.
> Bob
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