Online Collection

Marilyn Sitzman Oral History

Object Number: 1993.011.0021
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Marilyn Sitzman
Oral history interviewer: Wes Wise
Oral history interviewer: Bob Porter
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 25 Minutes
Copyright Info: The Sixth Floor Museum
Videotaped oral history interview with Marilyn Sitzman. A receptionist in Abraham Zapruder's office, Ms. Sitzman encouraged Mr. Zapruder to go home and retrieve his home movie camera to film the motorcade. Sitzman accompanied him to Dealey Plaza before the motorcade arrived, and because Mr. Zapruder was known to suffer from vertigo, she steadied him atop a concrete pedestal in Dealey Plaza while he made his historic film of the Kennedy assassination.

Interview conducted at Ms. Sitzman's home on June 29, 1993 by Wes Wise with Bob Porter. The interview is twenty-five minutes long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

Ms. Sitzman passed away on August 11, 1993, less than two months after this oral history was recorded. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

Like her employer, Marilyn Sitzman always insisted that no shots came from their right, which was the stockade fence atop the grassy knoll only a few feet away.  News and amateur photographs show that Sitzman lingered in Dealey Plaza for awhile following the shooting.  - Gary Mack, Curator

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