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Emigration to UK in 1938 #austria-czech

peter bakos <pgbakos@...>
 

Prior to the start of WWII the UK (as well as the US) had a
policy of refusing DP's and refugees, particularly Jewish ones.

In the case of a cousin, the Vienna police records state that this
person "went to England" does not reflect whether or not they actually
gained entry. If that is the case, what happened to those persons?

The specifics are that a Franz Hans Podwinetz is shown on his police
residential record as having gone to England in May 1938. There is no
further mention of him. The record further states he was "Evangelikus" but
there is no record in the Jewish registers of his having renounced his
religion.

Perhaps someone knows something about this subject generally.

Peter Bakos
Paris

VMotor <vmotor@...>
 

You will find a wealth of related information about this at
Richard Gaskell's web site:

http://www.geocities.com/czechandslovakthings/WW2_aguide.htm

bonne chance,

Karel Vanek
Belleville
Canada

HELFGOTT - Radlow, Vienna, Becov nad Teplou
AUERBACH - Becov nad Teplou, Vienna
STEINER - Oschelin

--- peter bakos <pgbakos@...> wrote:

Prior to the start of WWII the UK (as well as the US) had a
policy of refusing DP's and refugees, particularly Jewish ones.

In the case of a cousin, the Vienna police records state that this
person "went to England" does not reflect whether or not they actually
gained entry. If that is the case, what happened to those persons?
-snip-

robert fraser <robertandginafraser@...>
 

Peter has asked about Jewish migrants >from Vienna entering Great Britain.

I happen to own a very interesting little book titled The Internment of
Aliens. It was written by F Lafitte, described as a social and economic
researcher, and published in 1940 by Penguin. The book was found by my late
Parents in Booths bookshop in Hay-on-Wye (UK readers will know what this is)
many years ago, but only recently, when doing background research for my
family history, did I actually take the book off the shelf and read it.

I wished I had done so earlier. It's a fascinating read: full of
interesting statistics on the make-up of the refugees, eye-witness accounts
and parliamentary speeches. The subject, as may be guessed >from the title,
relates to the efforts to get refugees (Jewish and non-Jewish) out of
Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, usually without British government
assistance. It details the reasons behind the British government's policy of
internment, how it was actually physically carried out and how "enemy alien
tribunals" operated. It also gives descriptions of the internment camps -
some of which seem to have been pretty frightful.

Robert W Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...

-----Original Message-----
From: peter bakos [mailto:pgbakos@...]
Sent: Tuesday, 22 February 2005 5:27 AM
To: Austria-Czech SIG
Subject: [austriaczech] Emigration to UK in 1938
Prior to the start of WWII the UK (as well as the US) had a
policy of refusing DP's and refugees, particularly Jewish ones.

In the case of a cousin, the Vienna police records state that this
person "went to England" does not reflect whether or not they actually
gained entry. If that is the case, what happened to those persons?
snip>>>>>>

Richard Gaskell <rgaskell@...>
 

You will find a wealth of related information about this at
Richard Gaskell's web site:

http://www.geocities.com/czechandslovakthings/WW2_aguide.htm

bonne chance,

Karel Vanek
Belleville
Canada
Thanks for the plug Karel! :-)

I was actually already "on the case", so back to the original posting by
Peter Bakos:

The specifics are that a Franz Hans Podwinetz is shown on his police
residential record as having gone to England in May 1938. There is no
further mention of him.
Unfortunately I could find no reference to a Franz Hans PODWINETZ in any
material I have or at the National Archive / Public Record Office (BCRC/CRTF
files; Tribunals for Aliens/Internment; Post-war naturalisations). In fact
the only mention of the name PODWINETZ at all came >from the section on
Aliens left at liberty in the UK after review:

PRO reference: HO 396/68 (869+870)
PODWINETZ Johanna
Born: 6th May 1899. Vienna.
Nationality: German formerly Austrian
Police Regn.Cert.No.: 727746
Home Office reference: P.9688
Address: Arden Close, Gilberts Green, Tamworth-in-Arden.
Normal occupation: ----
Present occupation: ----
Exempt >from internment. 13th November 1939.

Regards
Richard Gaskell
London, UK.