Hanni Levy: Surviving in Berlin

Eyewitness Talk On Experiences and Fates of German Jews during the Nazi Era (in German; with Live Stream)

For this series of talks, the Jewish Museum Berlin invited six eyewitnesses to tell a wider audience about their fates during the Nazi era. These witnesses are closely linked to the Jewish Museum Berlin as donors. A presentation of the objects, documents, or photographs they donated, readings from selected texts or the showing of film clips will precede the talks.

25 June, 7 pm

Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Live Steam on 25 June at 7 pm CET

Hanni Levy

Hanni Levy née Weissenberg was born in 1924 in Berlin, where she attended elementary school and then, starting in 1936, the Jewish Joseph Lehmann school. At age sixteen, she was conscripted into performing forced labor at the Zehlendorf textile factory. In February 1943, thanks to a lucky coincidence, Hanni Weissenberg escaped imprisonment by the Gestapo and went underground. Non-Jewish friends provided her with food and shelter for two years, saving her life. The story of her survival is told in the 2017 film The Invisibles, from which we will screen excerpts.

With the generous support of Berliner Sparkasse.

Portrait of Hanni Levy

Hanni Levy; photo: Milena Schlösser

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Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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Event Series (6) Eyewitness Talks Show all

Eyewitness Talks

In this event series six eyewitnesses tell of their fates during the nazi era (video recordings available, in German)

Hanni Levy: Surviving in Berlin

25 June
Hanni Levy has had close ties to the Jewish Museum Berlin for many years. In conversation with Aubrey Pomerance, Head of the Archive, she describes her wartime memories and experiences. Hanni Levy, born in 1924, survived the Nazi era in hiding in Berlin with the help of courageous friends.

Anita Lasker Wallfisch

28 and 29 May 2018
Born in Breslau in 1925, Anita Lasker Wallfisch studied cello in Berlin from 1938. In 1942, Anita’s parents were deported to Izbica and murdered, and in 1943 Anita and her sister Renate were deported to Ausschwitz.

Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

9 April 2018
Margot Friedländer was born in 1921 in Berlin and has had close ties with the museum for many years. She reads from her memoir, which takes its title from her mother’s last message to her: Try to Make Your Life. Followed by a brief discussion with Aubrey Pomerance, Head of the Archive.

Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

31 January 2018
Born in 1924 in West Prussia, Walter Frankenstein lived in Berlin from 1936. When deportation threatened, he went into hiding with his wife and their five-week-old son. The family managed to survive with the help of friends.

Kurt Roberg: A Visa Or Your Life

4 December 2017
Born in Celle in 1924, 14-year-old Kurt Roberg fled alone after the 1938 November pogrom to the Netherlands, where he was to finish school. He finally reaches his family in New York via Berlin and Lisbon in 1941.

Henry Wuga: A Nuremberger from Glasgow

23 October 2017
Henry Wuga was born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father in Nuremberg in 1924. In 1938, his parents were able to send him to Scotland with a children’s transport and later in 1947, he could bring his mother, who had survived in hiding, to his home in Glasgow.

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