Sobernheim, Elfi - Oral History Interview
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Elfi Sobernheim 45 came to the U.S. when she was 11 years old (moved from Germany to Binghamton, NY). She was admitted to both Fletcher and SAIS and came to SAIS because she wanted to live in Washington (big city, more culture and the opportunity to go to museums). She remembers being at 1906 Florida Avenue and living on the 3rd and 4th floors of the building (co-ed). Dr. Hanes stayed there for a little while he and his wife got settled. She remembers Professor Holborn he was a valuable scholar, read about economics at a rapid pace, made a lot of friends. She worked for the State Department for a few years and then worked for the Army. She eventually became a language translator (from German to English) and later became a photographer. Retirement came early for Elfi (she retired before age 50), so that she could take care of her father. As a retired SAIS alumna, Elfi has been a member of a number of clubs and associations (several womens groups) and has been an active member of the SAIS alumni association. She considers her most important accomplishment to be having set up a special library for the Army. She enjoys going to libraries even today. Currently, she is part of a knitting group who gets together to knit clothing, helping those in need stay warm in the winter.