Riverside Christian Academy students were able to connect the history they read about in their textbooks to a person with real experiences and emotions when Frances Cutler-Hahn, a child survivor of the Holocaust, came to speak to the fifth through eighth grade students and the high school sophomores.
Frances was born in France in 1938 after her parents fled the fascist government in Poland. At age three, Frances’ mother took her to a Catholic orphanage in hopes of saving her life. The year she was placed in an orphanage, 33,000 Jews were deported to concentration camps, her mother being one of them.
Frances’ mother was killed at Auschwitz, and her father died of battle wounds he suffered from fighting with the French Resistance.
At age 7, Frances came to the United States where she was adopted by an American family. She became a United States citizen in 1953, graduated from Temple University in 1960, earned a master’s degree in liberal studies with a focus on the Holocaust in 1985 and published a book in conjunction with 25 other child survivors of the Holocaust in 2004, “Children Who Survived the Final Solution”.