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Oral history interview with Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0265

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.


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Interviewee
Hiltgunt M. Zassenhaus
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
interview:  1994 May 26
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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