Henny Brenner tells of her life:
“Didn’t know anything?! But they saw us wearing the yellow star!”
Recorded on two CDs
Duration: 117 Min.
Booklet: 28 pages
Recommended price: € 19.50
Henny Brenner, née Wolf, had a sheltered childhood in Dresden, in 1924. Her mother was Jewish but not her father. Besides owning two apartment houses, he also owned a cinema, which he managed himself. Life was untroubled in a world where Jewish and non-Jewish children grew happily up together. Everything changed in 1933 when Hitler was appointed German Chancellor. Henny’s parents, wishing her to “grow up as a normal child”, tried to help her as her world grew every more narrow as the number of prohibitions increased. They failed. Stunned and bewildered, Henny witnessed how her parents were forced to relinquish their possessions and home and endure more and more limitations imposed on the Jews. After the pogrom of 1938, she could no longer attend school. After 1941, she was drafted to carry out forced labor and required to wear the Star of David. On February 13, 1945, she and her mother received deportation orders. Their lives were saved by the bombing of Dresden, which had begun that same night. They managed to hide under cover in East Germany until they were liberated on May 8, 1945. But life in Russian-occupied Germany did not give Henny Brenner the opportunity to live freely, as she wished. In 1952, the family escaped to West Berlin. In 1953, Henny married and, with her husband, moved to Weiden, in Upper Palatinate.