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Oral history interview with Hans Cahnmann

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

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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.

Interviewee
Dr. Hans Cahnmann
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1989 May 28  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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