Frida Hahn

Rankin, Robert L rankin at
Tue Apr 29 14:54:41 UTC 2008

I'm afraid I can't remember WHY I have always assumed she was Jewish.  I either heard or read it somewhere I considered authoritative, I think.  The assumption is backed up by the people in Oklahoma among whom she worked however.


From: owner-siouan at on behalf of rwd0002 at
Sent: Tue 4/29/2008 9:47 AM
To: siouan at; Rory M Larson
Subject: RE: Frida Hahn

Quoting Rory M Larson <rlarson at>:

> I'm confused.  What "holocaust" are we talking about here?  Were the Hahns
> Jewish or non-Jewish Germans?  If they were Germans from Russia who had
> come to America before Frida was even born, what authority would Third
> Reich Germany have had to call Frida "back" to Germany?  Why only her, and
> not the rest of her family?  If she was Jewish, why would they want to at
> a time they were trying to expel the Jews?  If she was non-Jewish, she
> might have moved there voluntarily, and perhaps died there in the
> following decade.  There were probably about three million or so German
> civilians that died during or after the war from Allied bombing or in the
> massive population expulsion of Germans from the eastern parts of their
> country by the Russians, Poles and Czechs.  Would on-line "holocaust"
> lists include these people?
> Rory

Well, clearly, Bob's assumption is that Frida Hahn was Jewish. Or am I
wrong?  If she is, why she would go to Germany in the late 1930ties is
inconceivable to us with the hindsight of history, but there were many
Jews in Germany in those times who could not imagine persecution was
going to be as bad as it became, and did not consider leaving Germany.


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