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Ingeborg B. Weinberger

“As an immigrant refugee myself, I found my work with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society fascinating. At first you work with a person's name and birthday in a folder. Eventually, you pick them up at the airport and meet them, so it's great.” – Ingeborg B. Weinberger

Ingeborg B. Weinberger has worked much of her life with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), helping new immigrants and refugees to resettle in the United States. Born in 1920 to a popular local doctor and his wife in a small town outside Leipzig, Germany, Inge's once comfortable life was radically changed with Hitler's rise to power. In the late 1930s, her family scattered to England, Prague and Bolivia. In 1939, en route to Bolivia, Inge's ship docked in Baltimore, where her German boyfriend, Hans Weinberger, was already living. With the assistance of local Jewish leaders, Inge and Hans were married in a surprise shipboard ceremony. Despite her marriage, Inge was forced to continue on to Bolivia, where she lived for a few years before being permitted to return to the United States to be reunited with her husband. After World War II, Inge and her husband returned to Germany, where Hans was a translator at the Nuremburg Trials. During this time, Inge worked for the U.S. Office of Censorship in Germany and later, in Vienna, on fiscal matters for the U.S. military. With their return to Baltimore, she began working for HIAS, rising to the position of Executive Director. An avid life-long athlete, Inge continues her exercise regimen and continues to work part-time at HIAS.

Ingeborg B. Weinberger
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Ingeborg B. Weinberger.
Photo courtesy of Joan Roth.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ingeborg B. Weinberger." (Viewed on March 24, 2019) <https://jwa.org/communitystories/baltimore/narrators/weinberger-ingeborg>.


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