Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Hanna Ramras - January 26, 2008

Sharing Story III

That is a real shame and a pity. And they're hungry and they have to decide what to do with their uh, miserable pension and their money from Wiedergutmachung. I don't know where it is but it's somewhere here because my--I have--my son-in-law's parents were in Auschwitz. Father is no longer alive but the mother receives--they went--they came to Israel and then to America--and the mother receives her Wiedergutmachung through the United States and gets it. And, and the money that came here somewhere it is postponed all the time. They should've given them this money recently. There was an uproar in the Knesset about this. These people don't know whether to spend their money on food or on medication. It's dreadful. That--pity--I didn't want anybody's pity.

Do you think that the story should be told?

Which story?

The story of, of--individual stories of experiences during the Holocaust.

Yes. Now I realize that this is the time to do it while a person is still lucid, while a person still remembers and while a person can still express themselves the way they should be able to express themselves. At a certain age some people do not express themselves clearly any longer and I am thankful that I still can talk about this and get some people interested. Now I think it's very, very important.

So your children have learned about it through your book and, and what about your grandchildren?

My grandchildren--those who read English because it's in English--they've read it but they don't touch the subject with me very much. Uh, I think they see a completely different side of me. They see a completely different person and they can't associate that girl there that went from pillar to post to someone who nowadays who calls them and helps them and wants to be a part of their lives.

Wants to dance with them.

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