One Woman’s War Efforts During World War II
Lotte W. Goldschmidt Magnus (1920-2006) was a Jewish girl born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In her teens, Magnus was forced to emigrate to the United States when anti-Semitism1 began to rise in Germany. After high school, Magnus pursued a degree in dietetics and eventually enlisted in the army as a dietician. In this excerpt from her interview, Magnus reveals insight into the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany and what it took to survive and succeed as a refugee in the United States. As you read, take notes on how gender influenced the responsibilities of Lotte Magnus and her family members during and leading up to World War II.