Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Hanna Ramras - January 26, 2008

Life in Brazil

Was there a Jewish community?

There was a Jewish community but let's say there was an awful lot to do with coming from a Jewish community like Manchester or London and then going to Rio de Janeiro, that was really taking a leap, a leap backwards.

So this was the--you decided to leave Brazil because of that.

It took thirty four years.

You were in Brazil for thirty four years?

Husband: Yes. I was there for thirty five.

Our, our children were--are Brazilians. They were born in Brazil.

And what did you do there?

My husband was in business with his brother-in-law and sister and I tutored English. I had a course and I had students from early morning--nine o'clock--until late at night. I prepared many students for universities--London School of Economics, the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, Technion.

You were there for thirty four years before you decided to leave...

I, I...

...was there an event...

If it were up to me after my decision would have been after let's say, five years but we were meant to stay there. I had to send my children away because I came--we came to a point where education was lacking.

So where did you send them?


All three came to Israel.

My son came here. He was here during the Six Day War. That was an education. That was very hard indeed for us and for him. And then my children--my girls came to university. My girls studied in Bar-Ilan University.

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