Hans and Ruth Abraham—A Positive Holocaust Story

Millions were murdered during the Holocaust, and each of these victims represents a tragic and sad story.

However, although very few, there were some positive Holocaust stories, but even with the positivity, there was an underlying negative story, because it tells of their disrupted lives.

Hans Leo (Henry in later life) Abraham and his sister Ruth Abraham were the children of Siegfried (born in Ehringshausen on 19 July 1899) and Gerda Abraham – Schwarzstein (born in Berlin, on 26 February 1911). Hans was born on 23 September 1933. He and his parents came from Hamburg, Germany and fled to Amsterdam in 1935.

Father Siegfried had worked as a stockbroker in Hamburg, but after emigration became an electrician in the Netherlands. Ruth was born on 24 September 1938, in the Netherlands. The family lived on the Amstelkade in Amsterdam. After the German invasion of the Netherlands, their lives were once again put in danger. Wealthy friends from Hamburg sent them Haitian passports in May 1942. As foreigners, the family was deported in 1944 first to Westerbork and then to Bergen-Belsen. They were selected to be part of a prisoner swap in January 1945, taking them first to Switzerland and then to Algeria by 31 August 1945. They remained in the UNRRA camp at Jeanne d’Arc in Philippeville until the war ended. The family eventually emigrated to the United States in 1946.



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