His Story

Siegmund Wolfsohn (1919-2000) was born in Vienna, Austria, to Elias and Sylvia Greenberg Wolfsohn. He attended public schools in Vienna and was a student at the Vienna University of Technology (Technische Hochschule Wien). In early March 1939, he escaped Austria as part of the Kindertransport to Sweden. From there, he traveled to London in mid-August to visit his mother and sister before immigrating to the United States at the end of August.


Siegmund Wolfsohn

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The second and third pages of Siegmund Wolfsohn's German passport. Note that on August 17, 1938, less than a year before Siegmund's passport was issued, the Reich Minister of the Interior decreed that all Jewish men residing in Germany and bearing names not recognizable as "Jewish" had to adopt the middle name "Israel." Jewish women were required to take the middle name "Sarah."