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Bergmann family: internment letters and memoirs

    According to the online description, this collection contains letters sent by Jewish refugee Dr Walter Manfred (‘Fred’) Bergmann, a medical surgeon, to his wife Ruth Bergmann, first from an internment camp in Huyton, Liverpool and then, after transfer of the camp, from Douglas on the Isle of Man (1687/1-41). (See also transcripts and translations of letters 1687/14-41 (1687/2).) There is only one letter written by Ruth Bergmann to her husband. She and her children found refuge in a hostel in Cheshire with the help of the Quakers. The letters document the family’s efforts to obtain Fred’s release and his life at the internment camps. Also included are the memoirs of their daughter Renée (1687/3) writing about the lives of their parents before the Second World War, the house arrest at the Jewish hospital in Leipzig in 1938/1939, the family’s escape from Germany, their time as refugees in England, and new beginnings in the East End of London after the war.

    Original source name : Bergmann family: internment letters and memoirs
    English translation : Bergmann family: internment letters and memoirs
    Creator : Family
    Document- type 1 : diary/memoir
    Document- type 2 : personal
    Reference number : GB 1556 WL1687
    Language(s) : English
    Geographical coverage : United Kingdom
    Time range : 20th-21stc.
    Year(s) : 1940-2004
    Theme 1 : family
    Theme 2 : war and displacement
    Link to the item in the catalogue :
    Publication(s) :  Tyack, Renée, They Called Her Cassandra: a Story of Survival, Brighton 2008
    Archive name : The Wiener Holocaust Library
    Archive name (English) : The Wiener Holocaust Library
    Archive address : 30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
    City : London
    Country : United Kingdom
    Official website and institutional resources :
    Finding aid(s) : No
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