A Holocaust Memorial Week Event with Laureen Nussbaum
Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Almost seven decades after her death at Bergen-Belsen, Anne Frank remains the best known of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, this owing to the diary that she kept while hiding in
Amsterdam. On May 1, we will have an opportunity to hear from a woman who knew Anne in the late 1930's and early 1940's, one of her last contacts still alive.
Laureen Nussbaum was born Hannelore Klein. Like the Frank sisters, she and her two sisters were born in Frankfurt, Germany, Hannelore herself being a little closer in age to Margot Frank (born 1926)
than to Anne (born 1929). Their parents knew each other in Frankfurt and they became friends in Amsterdam, where they had taken refuge after the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933. The girls of
both families shared many experiences. However, as the persecution of Jews in the Netherlands progressed, the two families suffered very different fates. Of the Franks only Anne's father, Otto,
survived the war, while the Kleins made it through intact, for reasons Laureen will explain in her talk.
Two years after the war ended, Hannelore, called Hansje in the Netherlands, married Rudi Nussbaum, another young refugee from Germany, who was the only survivor of his family. Otto Frank was the best
man at their wedding. After Rudi had completed his PhD in Physics at the Amsterdam City University, they moved with their young family to the United States. Hansje, now Laureen, eventually acquired
her PhD at the University of Washington and joined her husband on the faculty of Portland State University, where both of them enjoyed long teaching careers, he in Physics and she in Foreign
Languages and Literatures. Rudi passed away in 2011.
On May 1, Laureen Nussbaum will tell her own story of survival, but she will also share her unique memories of Anne and Margot and appraise the extraordinary legacy that is Anne's Diary. Her
appearance at OSU represents an opportunity not to be missed.