Irene Kahn Poll


Irene Kahn Poll, born in Mannheim in 1922, remembers being called a “dirty Jew” and watching her brother Robert being beaten by a Nazi teacher in front of his classmates. In 1935, as her family was persecuted and their business ruined, she was sent to Lille, France to attend school. She was briefly reunited with her family in Luxembourg in 1939, but lost track of them during the war. In 1942, hiding her Jewish identity, she worked for a time as a governess near Orléans but then returned to Lille where she was hidden by Abbé Raymond Vancourt until the liberation in France in 1944. Later she again found her family in America.