First, I would like to thank those who responded to my earlier quest for some sort of confirmation of my father's cousin's wife's death details. Rosa Lichtenfeld Heilpern, it appears, was an unfortunate member of the 1939 Kladovo Transport group that in 1939, fled Vienna, Austria via the Danube, for Palestine, but were detained (for many reasons) in Yugoslavia, & ultimately killed by the Nazis. I had information on where & generally when, but I didn't have the details about the how, leading up to her death, the missing details to better "prove" the theories I had after researching. The collective knowledge of this group is amazing, and I am most grateful to those who helped me out. As mentioned before, Rosa's husband, Hans Heilpern, made if safely to Palestine in 1938, on board the illegal transport boat, Chepo.
And now for another brick wall with this family, Berta Heilpern, sister to Hans. I found her listed as "paid domestic help" on the 1939 England & Wales Register. In further research I read about a reference to "Domestic Service Visas," which were issued to Jewish refugees from both Germany & Austria. I was not aware of these. I would have to think Berta somehow obtained one of these visas, but can find nothing of such a list, anywhere. I would like to try and find out the following: 1) when she left Vienna for London ( I heard 1938, after May, when her last grandparent, whom she had been caring for, died.) 2) how she got to London & what route and now, 3) to see this Domestic Service Visa and any details it might provide me. If anyone has any knowledge of the visas, and where/how I might be able to search them, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
Leah Heilpern Snider
Silverdale, WA USA
Families: HEILPERN --- Ukraine & Austria
KORPUS --- Poland, Ukraine, Austria
MANDELKIERN --- Lublin & Chelm, Poland
STROH & PINELES --- Ukraine
GOLDENTHAL --- Ukraine, Austria, Germany