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Voices on Antisemitism: Johanna Neumann (Holocaust Survivor)

From: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Length: 06:47

Johanna Neumann speaks with gratitude and affection of the family who rescued her during the Holocaust. Yet her fondness for them exists alongside some profound contradictions.

Voa_small When Johanna Neumann speaks of the Pilku family, who rescued her during the Holocaust, her voice is full of gratitude and affection. As an adult, Neumann went to great lengths to have her rescuers honored as Righteous Gentiles by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. But her fondness for the Pilkus exists alongside some profound contradictions.

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When Johanna Neumann speaks of the Pilku family, who rescued her during the Holocaust, her voice is full of gratitude and affection. As an adult, Neumann went to great lengths to have her rescuers honored as Righteous Gentiles by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. But her fondness for the Pilkus exists alongside some profound contradictions.

Broadcast History

Broadcast on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web site.

Transcript

JOHANNA NEUMANN:
The Family Pilku were very warm people, very warm people. Even before we lived with them, she would come many times to see us, and bring us things that she knew we could not have, or her homemade cakes and things of that sort. She really was a good friend.

ALEISA FISHMAN:
When Johanna Neumann speaks of the Pilku family, who rescued her during the Holocaust, her voice is full of gratitude and affection. As an adult, Neumann went to great lengths to have her rescuers honored as Righteous Gentiles by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial. But her fondness for the Pilkus exists alongside some profound contradictions.

Welcome to Voices on Antisemitism, a free podcast series from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum made possible by generous support from the Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton Foundation. I'm your new host, Aleisa Fishman. Every other week, we invite a gue...
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http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/antisemitism/voices/transcript/?content=20081023