1970 - 1981

Dora Kahn Lewy

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Name in US
Dora Kahn Lewy
Name at Birth
Dorothea Kahn
Date of Birth - Note
January 13, 1912
Country of Birth
Germany
City of Birth
Niederzissen
Sibling(s) Name(s)

Max Kahn
(1901-1942, Auschwitz)

Frieda Kahn (Hermann Berger)
(1902-1998)
Emigrated to Selma, AL

Salomon Kahn (Grete [Margarete] Friedman)
(1904-1993)
Emigrated to Palmira, Colombia then later moved to Cali, Colombia

Julius Kahn
(1905-1974)
Emigrated to Shanghai, then to Selma, AL

Jetta Kahn (Leo Abraham)
(1907-1942 Maly Trosinec)
Daughter, Ruth, also died at Maly Trostinec.

Julia Kahn
(1909-1909)

Lina Kahn
(1910-1942 Auschwitz)

Sally Kahn
(1914-1973)
Emigrated to Shanghai, then to Palmira, Colombia

Spouse(s) Name(s)

Ludwig Lewy
(1910-1983)
Married December 13, 1938 in Trier, Germany

Religious Identity (Prewar)
Jewish
Religious Identity (Postwar)
Jewish
Other Experiences

Dora’s parents, Josef and Minna Kahn, were sent to Theresienstadt. Josef died there. Minna was then sent to Auschwitz where she was killed.

Dora also lost three siblings at the hands of the Nazis: two in Auschwitz and one with her husband and child at Maly Trosinec outside of the Minsk Ghetto.

Dora emigrated to Shanghai, China in 1939 with her husband (and one or two of his brothers) and her brothers, Julius and Sally.  In Shagnhai, Dora worked as a seamstress, and she would carry her sewing machine across the city, passing Japanese guards on her way to work.

After the war, Sally went on to Colombia where his brother Salomon lived, while Dora, Ludwig, and Julius traveled to Selma, sponsored by Dora’s sister and brother-in-law, Frieda and Hermann Berger of Selma.

Year / City / Ship to US
January 21, 1947 / San Francisco / SS General Gordon
Date Moved to Alabama
1947
Alabama City of Residence
Selma
Date of Death
December 16, 1981
City of Death
Selma
City of Burial / Cemetery
Selma, AL / Live Oak Cemetery
Dates Lived in Alabama
1947-1981