Riborg H. Steger, 90, resisted Nazis in Norway

January 26, 2004

Riborg Hjordis Steger, who as a member of the Norwegian Underground helped smuggle Jewish refugees from war-torn Europe, died of heart failure Wednesday at her Hamilton home. She was 90.

Born Riborg H. Brodahl, she was raised in Trondheim, Norway, and earned a degree in interior design and engineering from a Norwegian college.

During World War II, she joined the underground movement that resisted her country's Nazi occupiers.

"She lived in Oslo during the war and helped Jews who had to escape from Europe get into Sweden. She recalled being shot at and even hid at great risk [in her home] three British fliers who had been shot down," said a daughter, Karin B. Ashe of Parkton.

Her 1937 marriage to Odd H. Erichsen, an Olympic judge, ended in divorce. She immigrated to Baltimore in 1952, the year of her marriage to James E. Steger, a chief engineer aboard Moore-McCormick Lines steamers. He died in 1967.

Mrs. Steger enjoyed collecting art and antique furniture.

Services are private.

Mrs. Steger is also survived by two other daughters, Mona Criswell-Dinsmore of Towson and Bitten Norman of Parkville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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