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Oral history interview with Hans Cahnmann

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.12 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0012

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    Oral history interview with Hans Cahnmann


    Interview Summary
    Hans Julius Cahnmann, born on January 27, 1906 in Munich, Germany, describes joining the Pathfinders Youth Movement after the Russian Revolution; graduating from Gymnasium in 1924; studying pharmacy for two years then going to Berlin for an apprenticeship; earning his master’s degree and Ph.D. in pharmacy in 1930; becoming a licensed food chemist; working in the university lab of Marc Tiffeneau in Paris, France from 1933 to 1936; working for a pharmaceutical company headed by Paul Weill and Lucien Picard; applying to the United States for a visa in 1939; being sent with other foreign-born Jews to a collection center in the stadium in May 1940; being transported to a camp near Tours, France; going to Montauban; waiting in Marseilles, France for his US visa with help from Varian Fry and the International Rescue Committee; boarding the ship Wyoming in Portugal and going to Casablanca, Morocco; being in the desert for two months; arriving in New York, NY on august 6, 1941; working at Mount Sinai Hospital from May 1942 to 1944; his work synthesizing vitamin A; working at National Institutes of Health (NIH); and his wife’s experiences and her arrival in New York in 1938.
    Dr. Hans Cahnmann
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  1989 May 28

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    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    The interview with Hans Cahnmann was conducted on May 28, 1989 as part of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington's oral history project to document Washington, DC area survivor's experiences of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview on May 26, 1993.
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