ctrp412 The Voice of Hanna Braun

Hanna's Memoir - Weeds Don't Perish

“We’ve been here before!” Hanna Braun said to herself back in 1948 as Arab residents were expelled from Haifa. She had been a member of the Hagana before the Israeli army had been formally created – before there was even an Israel. She had escaped Germany at the height of the Nazi era, and tells marvelous tales of life in Palestine and how the dream of a secular, multicultural, state was stolen away by a select group who saw violence and hate as tools with which to build a nation.  When she was old enough to fully understand what had happened, she dedicated her life to fighting injustice and increasing understanding on both sides. Hanna Braun was a friend of this podcast who taught us about a time in history and an experience that no school book has ever been allowed to publish.  She passed away in November of 2011 at the age of 84. This podcast features our first ever conversation, recorded in February 2006, about her life growing up, and what led her to become such an outspoken activist and deciated humanitarian.

Her Memoir – Weeds Don’t Perish

3 thoughts on “ctrp412 The Voice of Hanna Braun

  • February 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I figure 95% of you completely ignore my work. Maybe 10% more would pay attention if I stressed the importance and beauty of something I worked on. Whatever the case… Hanna Braun was a friend and an inspiration, with experiences and stories that are far better than anything you ever learned in history class.

  • March 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you so much for your tribute to my dear friend Hanna Braun! Wonderful to hear her on the podcast!
    I am organising a memorial for her – below is an invitation!

    Dear friends,

    With not long to go now until our gathering for the memorial event in honour of the life of the late great Hanna, I’m writing to let you know we are looking forward to welcoming as many of her friends, family and colleagues as are able to come. Do please help us to ensure the invitation goes out as widely as possible in order to contact all who knew her – please pass the word. Thank you!

    Just a reminder of the details:

    Saturday 17 March from 6.30 – 9.30pm in the Brockway Room at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.
    For details of the venue please see http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/#Find-us

    Food, music, tributes … Do bring along your memories and memorabilia to share – there will a slot of time allotted for people to speak spontaneously, plus some planned speeches.

    We are delighted to confirm that Reem Kelani will be singing on the night – http://www.reemkelani.com/calendar.asp – and that Dr Ghada Karmi will read from Hanna’s memoir ‘Weeds Don’t Perish – Memoirs of a Defiant Old Woman.’ (Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night.)

    We hope to show a film of the International Solidarity Movement’s 2001 trip to the West Bank which Hanna took part in.

    Bring your dancing shoes – there’ll be an opportunity to round off the evening with music from some of Hanna’s favourite CDs and celebrate her love of dance together!

    If you can’t make it on the night, but would like to send a message to share with the gathering, please email me and I’ll make sure it’s displayed!

    Please contact me if you have any queries or suggestions: 07999847254

    Looking forward to seeing you!
    Best wishes to all
    Frankie x

    • March 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Frankie — thanks so much for leaving a comment. Im pleased to see your message.. and the invite 🙂 I can’t afford the last minute trip at the moment, but I will write to you as Id love to leave a warm message and get to be present at this wonderful gathering at least in text-form.

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