ONE PERSON'S STORY
Name: Henny Schermann
Date of Birth: February 19, 1912
Place of Birth: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
193339: After the Nazis came to power, they began to persecute a large number of "undesirable" groups, including Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the handicapped, and leftwing politicians. After 1938, as one way of identifying Jews, a Nazi ordinance decreed that "Sara" was to be added in official papers to the first name of all Jewish women. Twentyfouryearold Henny was working as a shop assistant, and was living with her family in Frankfurt.
194044: In early 1940 Henny was arrested in Frankfurt and deported to the Ravensbrueck concentration camp for women. On the back of her prisoner photo was written: "Jenny (sic) Sara Schermann, born February 19, 1912, Frankfurt am Main. Unmarried shopgirl in Frankfurt am Main. Licentious lesbian, only visited such [lesbian] bars. Avoided the name 'Sara.' Stateless Jew."
Henny was among a number of Ravensbrueck prisoners selected for extermination. In 1942 Henny was gassed at the Bernburg killing facility.