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Hana Kraus Beer Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 209

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Hana Kraus Beer Family Papers will gain insight into the Holocaust. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1925 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Hana Kraus was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia on May 31, 1925. As a young adult she was taken, along with her mother, Elly, and father, Ernest, to the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp. Her father died at the camp. Her mother was later deported to Auschwitz where she was murdered. Hana survived. While at the camp she received a number of letters from her boyfriend, Pepik Smolka, who was also a prisoner at Thereisanstadt. He was also deported and murdered by the Nazis. After her liberation from the Nazis, Hana Kraus made her way to the United States where she lived first in New Jersey, then New York City, where she met her future husband, Walter Beer, and later to Peekskill, New York. In 1979, Hana and Walter Beer moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where they lived the rest of their lives. Hana Kraus Beer passed away in Atlanta in 2004, at the age of 78.


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Hana Kraus Beer was a Holocaust survivor. Her papers consist of legal and travel documents and correspondence primarily relating to Hana Kraus Beer's life following the liberation of Thereisanstadt including the time she spent in England prior to her immigration to the United States in 1949 and her subsequent marriage to Walter Beer also a survivor of the Holocaust.


The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Hana Kraus Beer Family Papers, Mss 209
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States