Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein (1923 - 2018)

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Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein
1923 - 2018
updated July 01, 2019
Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein was born on October 3, 1923 in Bad Landeck, Germany. She died in 2018 at Jackson Heights, New York at 94 years of age.

Biography
Gabriele Hammerstein, nèe Rosenhain, died peacefully at her home on June 10, 2018. She was 94. Born in East Germany in 1923, Ms. Hammerstein spent her childhood in Schwerin, a city in Mecklenburg, Germany. In 1936, she was sent to the US to live with her uncle, Felix Rosenhain in Forest Hills, NY. The rest of her family followed in 1936, and the family moved to Jackson Heights, Queens, where her mother set up a medical practice. The family lived in the back rooms of the apartment, and her mother saw patients in the front. After graduating from high school, Ms. Hammerstein, attended New York University for a year. She and also attended classes at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was active in the USO during World War II and was a civilian employee of the American High Commission in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1950 to 1953. Before 1962, she was performing performed as a Wagnerian soprano in East German opera houses. While in East Germany, she became involved in producing fake documents for Soviet intelligence. She was arrested in East Berlin on Jan. 2, 1962, and held for interrogation until August of that year when she was tried. She was sentenced after a one‐day trial to six years’ imprisonment as a spy. She served 27 months in East German and Russian prisons. Her family appealed her imprisonment, and clemency was granted in March of 1964, when she was released to her mother, Gertrud Rosenhain, and returned to the United States. Two US airmen were also freed as part of a prisoner exchange with the Soviet Union. After her return to the US, Ms. Hammerstein wrote several articles about her imprisonment, then compiled them into a book, which was ghostwritten by Mike McGrady. It was never published. During the 1970’s and 80’s, Ms. Hammerstein occasionally worked as an interpreter. She lived with and cared for her mother after her mother was incapacitated by a stroke. After the death of her mother in 1983, Ms. Hammerstein continued to reside in the Jackson Heights apartment that had housed the family since they settled in the US. She filed numerous lawsuits to retrieve family property seized by the Nazis. In 2014, Ms. Hammerstein slipped on the sidewalk and broke her hip. After her surgery, she struggled to maintain her health, but never regained her former level of activity. Her circulation continued to decline, and she was admitted into the hospital for infection in December of 2017. She spent two months in a rehabilitation center, and returned to her apartment in February of 2017, where she died surrounded by her belongings and artifacts from her life and her family. She is survived by her sister’s children: Eric, Helen, Miriam and Alice Nightengale. Her sister, Beatrice Nightengale and brother, Helmut Rosenhain, predecease her.

Gabriele Carmen Felicitas (Rosenhain) Hammerstein
OCTOBER 3, 1923 – JUNE 10, 2018
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Gabriele Carmen Felicitas (Rosenhain) Hammerstein was born on October 3, 1923 in Bad Landeck, Lower Silesia and passed away on June 10, 2018 in Jackson Heights, New York
• Memorial Service Sunday, July 1, 2018
Gabriele Carmen Felicitas (Rosenhain) Hammerstein

Ines Meyer
November 18, 2018
My deepest sympathy goes to the family. I have just been with the death of a wife Hammerstein read. Although she reached a very old age, I am a bit sad. I often think of Mrs. Hammerstein. I met her in the year 2000. Back then I worked in an American Express travel agency in Schwerin.Until 2003, she always visited me during her stays in Schwerin. we always had nice coffee / tea and lots of telling. She was always a remarkable woman for me. I always wanted to go to New York and meet her. Unfortunately, it never worked. I will never forget Mrs. Hammerstein.
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Ines Meyer
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Gabriele Hammerstein was born on in Bad Landeck, Germany

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Gabriele Hammerstein, nèe Rosenhain, died peacefully at her home on June 10, 2018. She was 94. Born in East Germany in 1923, Ms. Hammerstein spent her childhood in Schwerin, a city in Mecklenburg, Germany. In 1936, she was sent to the US to live with her uncle, Felix Rosenhain in Forest Hills, NY. The rest of her family followed in 1936, and the family moved to Jackson Heights, Queens, where her mother set up a medical practice. The family lived in the back rooms of the apartment, and her mother saw patients in the front. After graduating from high school, Ms. Hammerstein, attended New York University for a year. She and also attended classes at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was active in the USO during World War II and was a civilian employee of the American High Commission in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1950 to 1953. Before 1962, she was performing performed as a Wagnerian soprano in East German opera houses. While in East Germany, she became involved in producing fake documents for Soviet intelligence. She was arrested in East Berlin on Jan. 2, 1962, and held for interrogation until August of that year when she was tried. She was sentenced after a one‐day trial to six years’ imprisonment as a spy. She served 27 months in East German and Russian prisons. Her family appealed her imprisonment, and clemency was granted in March of 1964, when she was released to her mother, Gertrud Rosenhain, and returned to the United States. Two US airmen were also freed as part of a prisoner exchange with the Soviet Union. After her return to the US, Ms. Hammerstein wrote several articles about her imprisonment, then compiled them into a book, which was ghostwritten by Mike McGrady. It was never published. During the 1970’s and 80’s, Ms. Hammerstein occasionally worked as an interpreter. She lived with and cared for her mother after her mother was incapacitated by a stroke. After the death of her mother in 1983, Ms. Hammerstein continued to reside in the Jackson Heights apartment that had housed the family since they settled in the US. She filed numerous lawsuits to retrieve family property seized by the Nazis. In 2014, Ms. Hammerstein slipped on the sidewalk and broke her hip. After her surgery, she struggled to maintain her health, but never regained her former level of activity. Her circulation continued to decline, and she was admitted into the hospital for infection in December of 2017. She spent two months in a rehabilitation center, and returned to her apartment in February of 2017, where she died surrounded by her belongings and artifacts from her life and her family. She is survived by her sister’s children: Eric, Helen, Miriam and Alice Nightengale. Her sister, Beatrice Nightengale and brother, Helmut Rosenhain, predecease her.

Gabriele Carmen Felicitas (Rosenhain) Hammerstein
OCTOBER 3, 1923 – JUNE 10, 2018

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Gabriele Carmen Felicitas (Rosenhain) Hammerstein was born on October 3, 1923 in Bad Landeck, Lower Silesia and passed away on June 10, 2018 in Jackson Heights, New York

• Memorial Service Sunday, July 1, 2018

Gabriele Carmen Felicitas (Rosenhain) Hammerstein

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Gabrielle Hammerstein, an opera singer, yesterday told of her experiences in East German prisons during detentions of 27 months on charges of espionage.
The 40‐year‐old Miss Hammerstein, who was released this week, said she had been beaten by men and women warders in the Communists’ prisons. After ane beating by trunchions, she added, she had to be taken to a hospital.
She described life in the various prisons in which she had been held as a nightmare, with the days and nights filled with the screams of other inmates.
Miss Hammerstein responded carefully to questions. She spoke in her mother's home in Jackson Heights, to which she returned Tuesday after her sudden release.
The singer's mother, Dr. Gertrude Rosenhain, met her in West Berlin. The familywas from German Silesia, in a district now in Poland, and came to the United States when Miss Hammerstein was a child.
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She related that she had been arrested in a street in East Berlin on Jan. 2, 1962, and held for interrogation until August of that year when she was tried. She was sentenced after a one‐day trial to six years’ imprisonment as a spy.
She declared that the charges were false, but added that after a month of interrogation she had signed various documents under pressure.
Miss Hammerstein said she was in East Berlin to rehearse Wagnerian roles for a production of the Ring Cycle by the East German opera, for which she had auditioned earlier. She said she had studied music here and in Germany.
She also said she was active in the USO during World War II and wasacivilian em ploye of the American High Commission in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1950 to 1953.
March 28, 1964, Page 2

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In 1923, in the year that Gabriele Carmen Hammerstein was born, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1935, by the time she was only 12 years old, on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1945, Gabriele was 22 years old when on January 9th, the (over 8 month long) Battle of Luzon began in the Philippines with the United States and Filipino forces attacking Japanese forces - with the intent to take back control of the Philippines. By March, the Allies had taken control of all of the strategically and economically important locations in the Philippines but pockets of resistance held out until the surrender of Japan in August.

In 1961, she was 38 years old when on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

In 1980, by the time she was 57 years old, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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