Söderberg, Henry, 1916-1998.

Birth 1916
Death 1998

Biographical notes:

Swedish lawyer Henry Söderberg, as a representative of the International Y.M.C.A. during World War II, was one of seven foreigners allowed within Nazi Germany to visit prisoner of war camps. His remarkable freedom of movement within Germany enabled him to record a rare picture of the conditions of prisoners of war and of the German population. He visited the camps frequently (including Stalag Luft III whose historic memorabilia is housed in the USAF Academy Library) and went to great efforts to procure and deliver items requested by the various camps. As a result, each compound had musical instruments, a library, and sports equipment to meet the different British and American national tastes. Chaplains also received the necessary religious items to enable them to hold regular services. Söderberg formed friendships with many of the American POW's and remained in touch with them throughout the years, traveling from Sweden to the United States to attend POW reunions. After the war, Söderberg was a civil aviation official for twenty years before joining Scandinavian Airlines from which he retired as Vice President. His love of aviation and its history led to his writing the book "Swedenborg's 1714 Airplane: A Machine to Fly in the Air." He died in 1998.

From the description of Söderberg collection, 1935-1997. (US Air Force Academy). WorldCat record id: 288721439


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  • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives
  • Holocaust survivors writings
  • World War, 1939-1945--War work--Young Men's Christian associations
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Swedish
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Prisoners of war
  • World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps


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