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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Siegfried Oppenheim papers
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1952
    Collection Number: 2000C27
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Language of Material: English
    Collection Size: 4 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes (3.7 linear feet)
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Oppenheim, Siegfried.
    Abstract: Correspondence, orders and other military documents, photographs, and miscellany, relating to American military operations in China at the end of World War II.

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Siegfried Oppenheim papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

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    Biographical Note

    Siegfried Oppenheim, who was a master sergeant assigned to the Office of Strategic Services from 1945 to 1949, was born in Germany in 1909 and attended Columbia University. He worked as a stenographer in New York, serving at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Bronx and Bellevue Hospital.
    Oppenheim enlisted with the United States military after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in 1942 became a confidential stenographer with Major General Thomas A. Terry of the Second Service Command. He worked in the Police Department of the Military Service Bureau in New York, and was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant from court stenographer in September 1943. He was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas, in 1944 and 1945.
    Oppenheim began his work for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1945. He was stationed in China starting in 1945, and continued his work for the OSS after the end of World War II. He also performed duties for External Survey Detachment #44 of the United States Navy. Oppenheim died in 1998.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document the military career and family life of Siegfried Oppenheim. Materials include correspondence, orders and other military documents, photographs, and miscellany related to American military operations in China at the end of World War II.
    The collection contains correspondence that Oppenheim sent and received during his service in World War II. Much of the correspondence is with his mother, Regine, and his brother, Irving. In their letters, the Oppenheims discuss family matters, Siegfried Oppenheim's work at the Office of Strategic Services, his experiences in China, and the procurement and shipment of various items.
    Photographs in the collection include images of China and the Oppenheim family.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Office of Strategic Services.
    Secret service--United States.
    World War, 1939-1945--China.
    World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.