Denise Hans

“If one picture is worth 1000 words, then seeing with your own eyes the atrocities committed by the Nazis in the extermination camps in Poland, is worth more than 1000 pictures. The March of the Living has brought thousands of students to the sites where our Jewish people were tortured and killed. The program must continue to operate to ensure that the tragedy of the Shoah will not be forgotten and to prove to the deniers that it did happen.”

Denise Hans was born on June 21, 1938, in Paris, France. She is the fourth of six children. In 1942, her father, aunt and uncle were taken away, and Denise was left with her mother, siblings and two cousins in Paris. Denise later found out that her father was shot during a Death March from Auschwitz to Buchenwald, while her uncle’s family was gassed upon their arrival to Drancy concentration camp, just outside of Paris. Denise was hidden twice with farmers and then in a convent, where she and two of her sisters stayed until 1948, when they were reunited with their mother and siblings. Denise immigrated to Canada in 1956 and in 1959, she married Milan Hans, who was also a hidden child survivor from Czechoslovakia. She has three children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.