Survivor STORY

Hannah Tavenier Lang grew up in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a member of a family that became part of the Dutch underground after the Nazi invasion of the country in 1940. Hannah’s family sheltered British and American aviators who had been shot down, then helped smuggle them out of the country. An uncle was executed for hiding a Jewish family and Hannah, a young teenager at the time, and two brothers were arrested and deported to work camps. Hannah built German army barracks at a camp near Hamburg and was also forced to work at an aircraft factory. Towards the end of the war, Hannah and a friend escaped, crossing German and Canadian battle lines at night. Her friend was killed as they made their way through a minefield. Hannah was captured by German soldiers, stabbed with a bayonet and left to die. Miraculously, she recovered enough to make her way back to Amsterdam, which had been liberated by the Allies.

In Amsterdam, she fell in love with an American merchant marine captain, whom she married in 1947 and followed to Forsyth County, Georgia. There, they ran Lang Dairy until 1967 and Lang Signs until 1973. Hannah died in 2002.

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