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Collection 624 Ephemera of the ZamZam Incident

Identifier: CN-624

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings, oral history interviews, correspondence, diary, photos, scrapbooks and other materials relating to the passengers, mainly American missionaries, who were aboard the ship ZamZam, sunk in the south Atlantic Ocean in 1941 by a German warship.

Materials describe the sinking, the subsequent experiences of the passengers as German prisoners, their later lives and reunions of the survivors and their families.


  • Created: 1941-2006

Conditions Governing Access

Because of the fragility of the McCallister scrapbook in folder 4-1, it is unavailable for researcher use; photocopies of the originals are available in folder 4-2.

Video V3 may not be copied. Anyone wanting to get copies should contact ITN-Fox Movietone.

Biographical or Historical Information

ZamZam was a ship of neutral Egyptian registry which was shelled and sunk by a German warship in the south Atlantic Ocean April 17, 1941. The ship was carrying, besides the crew, about 200 passengers, mainly American missionaries. Only one person died as an immediate result of the shelling. The passengers and crew were carried tro German-occupied France, where citzens of neutral countries were released and citizens of belligent countries were put in internment camps.


5.37 Cubic Feet