Frances Cutler-Hahn, a survivor of the Holocaust will share her story at the Spring Hill Library on Thursday, May 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Holocaust Remembrance Day. The community is invited to hear her inspiring story on this international holiday to honor those who suffered and to be reminded not to be indifferent to ethnic injustice.
Frances Cutler-Hahn was a “hidden child” during the Holocaust. Frances’ mother and father were Polish immigrants living in Paris, France when Germany invaded. Afraid for her child’s life, Frances’ mother took her, at just three-years-old, to a Catholic Children’s home. She visited Frances weekly and looked forward to when they would be a fully reunited, but then Frances’ mother was deported to Auschwitz, and, as with so many, she died there.
Frances’ father died two years later fighting with the French Resistance. Frances was shuffled to seven different foster homes, often seated away from the host family at meal times. She’s had five different names, two religions, and her childhood was shrouded by the constant fear of being caught.
She will share how she eventually made a life for herself and her process of healing and forgiveness. She recently published a book in collaboration with other hidden children.
For more information about the Spring Hill Library, go to www.springhilllibrary.org or call 931/486-2932.
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