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"Hannah" was a young girl brought from Europe at the end of the war to Palestine by the Youth Aliyah program, sponsored by Hadassah.

#20,000 Children Saved
In 1946, Hannah story of escaping mass murder in Europe and seeking shelter on her own was told in the brochure "Ask...Hannah." The brochure marked the 20,000th child brought to Palestine by Youth Aliyah and became part of a larger effort to celebrate this milestone. As part of this campaign, her story was then adapted for a radio drama, "Case History #20,000" the script of which was sent to local Hadassah chapters across America.

What is the power of survivor narratives?
The brochure and the radio script, both part of Hadassah's American 1946 fundraising effort, highlight the employment of survivor stories and the power of these stories to motivate giving in postwar America.  But, they also raise an important question about the relationship between a survivor and their story in this period: does it matter who "Hannah" is?
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