Eleanore G. Held, 60, a former linguist and a volunteer receptionist for the Washington International Center, died of cancer Saturday at her home in Annandale.

Mrs. Held, anative of Wiesbaden, Germand, emigrated to Italy in 1937. During the German occupation of Italy in World War II, she worked for the anti-Nazi underground, was captured and sent to a labor cmp. After the allied liberation of Italy, she worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military government until 1946, when she came to the United States.

She was a volunteer for the Hebrew Immigration and Sheltering Society in New York City for about ayear before becoming alinguist in the international division of the General Electric Co. in Schnectady, N.Y. She also lived in Utica and Auburn, N.Y. before moving to this area in 1971.

Besides her volunteer work with the Washington International Center, Mrs. Held was a member of the NAACP and Amnesty International.

Her marriage to Herbert Held ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Michael and Gary Held, both of Annandale; a daughter, Graziella Hennig-Rudnick of Dusseldorf, Germany, and a sister, Ruth Steven of Silver Spring.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.