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About Hannah


Hannah Ida Urman was born May 14, 1912.  She grew up in Bedzin Poland, married Rubin Fajner and had four children – Bendyt (Ben), Majer, Rozia, and Chaim.  Hannah was a loving mother, who followed her ancestors religious practice; her family had lived in Bedzin dating back to the 1700's. Hannah was 30 years of age, when her life was stolen from her. It is unknown exactly when or how, but she and three of her children it is believe were deported to Auschwitz in August 1942 and were murdered in a gas chamber.  Her first born son, Ben, somehow survived. 

Liquidation of the Bedzin Ghetto. Hannah could be unknowingly walking to

her death in this photo, along with her friends and neighbors.

After defying Hitler and surviving for 86 years, when his doctors told him he was dying, Ben said, "I am not going anywhere yet."


He was not afraid to die; he was afraid that he and particularly his mother, Hannah’s story would be forgotten. 

 At nine years old, Ben lost his mother, siblings, extended family, and all life as he knew it.





Through Holocaust educational programs, students and others reflect, learn and remember the innocent victims tortured and murdered by Hitler’s Third Reich. Toward that goal, we share the personal story of Hannah, her children and family, the Jewish communities she knew, and the stories of so many other people devastated by this inhuman, totalitarian regime.

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