Sonia Pressman Fuentes
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Hermann Pressman's Diary
Sonia's brother, Hermann Pressman, kept a diary in German shorthand:
- from July 21, 1932 (Hermann's 18th birthday), through Mary 5, 1933, in Berlin, Germany; (Hermann left Germany on May 6, 1933, for Antwerp, Belgium.);
- from May 6, 1933, through April 12, 1934, in Antwerp, Belgium; and
- from April 20, 1933 (when the the Red Star Line's S.S. Westernland II left Antwerp with my parents, Hermann, and I on board bound for NYC), through Nov. 29, 1935, when we were living in The Bronx, NY.
Decades later, Hermann inadvertently found his diary in a nighttable drawer in his Long Beach, N.Y. home. Then, decades after he had written it, Hermann translated his diary into English, completing that translation in 1988. His granddaughter, then named Debra Gold, typed the English translation. Both the original diary and Hermann's English translation are at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Thereafter, Steven Lasky edited Hermann's English translation and that version of the diary is on his online Museum of Family History, with an introduction by Sonia. It is also accessible here.
July 21, 1932 - November 29, 1935
From Berlin, Germany to Antwerp,
Belgium, to the Bronx, New York
- Introduction by Sonia
- Berlin, Germany, between July 21, 1932, and May 6, 1933
- Antwerp, Belgium, between May 6, 1933, and April 20, 1934
- Bronx, New York, between April 20, 1934, and November 29, 1935
- Eulogy by Hermann’s Granddaughter, Debra (Debbie) Gold Linick