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Oral history interview with Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0265

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Dr. Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus, born in Hamburg, Germany in 1916, describes earning a degree in Scandinavian languages while also studying medicine; being hired at a prison camp in Hamburg to censor mail sent by Jews in ghettos in Poland to inmates who spoke Scandinavian languages; adding information to outgoing letters that told relatives to send needed items; smuggling food and vitamins into the prison for the inmates; her mother’s assistance in acquiring foreign passports for Jewish friends so they could escape Germany; and serving as the Supervisor of Scandinavian Political Prisoners, which allowed her to save 1,200 prisoners from execution.

Interviewee
Hiltgunt M. Zassenhaus
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1994 May 26  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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