- Feb. 10, 2017
-- To listen to the story of Inge Katzenstein, one gets a special glimpse into what it was like to grow up in Germany in the 1930s. Currently a resident at Stein Assisted Living, Inge and her family fled Cologne in 1938 to escape Kristallnacht and ultimately settled in Kenya. In 1947 they immigrated to the United States.
Settling into living at Stein Assisted Living just five months ago to be closer to her son, David, we learned of Inge's special talent as a volunteer translator of documents for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She and her late husband, Werner, a fellow refugee from Nazi Germany, began doing this very important work in 1998 while living in Silver Springs, MD. Her husband, who was fluent in German, had translated German documents for the US Army during the war. Together they translated innumerable letters for the museum that were sent between children and parents during the war.
Inge recalls one letter in particular that linked her back to her roots in an especially poignant way. With a stack of letters in front of her to translate for the museum, she noticed a letter with a familiar address. She soon realized the letter was written to family members who had moved to America. "I was shocked to realize that this was my mother's Aunt and Uncle," she says. "It was almost 50 years later and I was translating a letter sent to them."
To read more about Inge Katzenstein, visit this link from the Holocaust Memorial Museum website: https://www.ushmm.org/remember/office-of-survivor-affairs/survivor-volunteer/inge-katzenstein
or listen to her amazing story of escaping Germany at: https://www.ushmm.org/information/visit-the-museum/programs-activities/first-person-program/first-person-podcast/inge-katzenstein-refuge-in-kenya
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