Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

February 2009

Creation Date


Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center


Armored Division, 11th, Army, Atrocities, Austria, California, Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Czechoslovakia, Genocide, Holocaust survivors, 1939-1945, Liberation, Mauthausen, Moran, Hana Berger, Petersohn, LeRoy, United States, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Hana Berger Moran. Moran was born in Freiburg, a sub-camp of Flossenb├╝rg, on April 12, 1945. Her parents were deported from Bratislava to Auschwitz in 1944, where her parents were separated; her father died two weeks before the war ended. Two days after Moran was born, the prisoners were transported by train to Mauthausen, arriving there on April 29. The camp was liberated by soldiers from the 11th Armored Division on May 5. One of the division's medics, LeRoy Petersohn, saw that Moran had a skin infection and needed immediate treatment, so he fetched a doctor and the two men surgically cleaned the wounds. After the war, Moran and her mother went back to Bratislava, where they lived until 1968; they emigrated to Israel and later to the United States. In 2005, she decided to find the medic who had saved her and was reunited with Petersohn at the sixtieth anniversary celebration of Mauthausen's liberation.

Physical Information

1 sound file (40 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (15 p.)