Nani Drory

As Interviewed by Jane Fulton, March 16, 2017
"I had no grandparents; I had no uncles, no aunts -- they were all murdered by the Nazis in concentration camps. "
Nani Drory

Introductory Profile: About Nani Drory

I interviewed a woman named Nani Drory. She was born in Heidenheim, Germany in 1946. This was just at the end of the Second World War. Her parents were both Polish but eventually became German citizens. During the Third Reich, they were persecuted by the Nazis and eventually put into concentration camps. They both survived. Later, Nani moved to Israel and got an Israeli passport. She went to Israel to attend college and study there. Nani goes in depth and explains her experiences as a child, growing up in Germany, as a Jew. Nani was born and raised in Germany. She grew up Jewish and continues to be, but she is nonobservant, meaning she doesn't practice.

My dad, Karl Gebhardt, works with Niv Drory, Nani’s son. Their family and ours are close family friends in addition to his being my father's work partner. I've met Nani several times, so I felt very comfortable interviewing her. She and I have had many conversations, but none of them were about her experience and the Holocaust. Entering this project, I was very excited to learn about the time period from someone who closely witnessed the historical events. Nani is a very sweet and kind person and was very open to sharing her experience with me. She currently lives in Munich with her husband. There is a large time difference splitting the United States and Germany, and we had to coordinate a time that worked well for both of us.

In this interview, I asked her about her experience with being Jewish and German during that time period. She explains her experience as a child, growing up. One main point she brought up was how Israel was built by the people who survived the Holocaust. We discussed Israel and why it is so important to all Jews. Nani also told me a story about how her mother stayed alive during the Holocaust. Nani explained that some people were open and willing to talk about their background, but her parents weren't.