Jewish ‘home’ or orphanage in 1940s England #unitedkingdom


devicesofwonder@...
 

I know that my mother was brought up in a Jewish orphanage or ‘home’, and I think I remember her saying the home was on the South Coast.

 

So, how do I go about finding out more about this ‘home’?

I don’t know where to start on my research but I am sure if there are good sources of information then someone in this group knows.

 

My German Jewish grandmother (Kaufmann geb. Schimmelpfennig) was a victim of the holocaust, dying in Berlin in 1938. My mother’s father escaped to Brazil. My mother was brought to England in 1933 and naturalized British at age five. 

 

Paul St George (London)

Looking for Kaufmann, Schimmelpfennig, Jewish families from Marburg


sjgwed@...
 

You might try asking at the Jewish Museum of London; it holds a lot of information but... I expect that it's closed now. In any case, staff members might respond to email queries. Good luck!

Susan J Gordon
Bialazurker - ZBARAZ, BUDAPEST
Lempert/Schoenholz/ - LVOV, SKALAT, CZERNOWITZ


naomif57@...
 

I believe that it might have been the Norwood Orphanage which was evacuated to the south coast in 1939, see attached link:

http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/LondonJewsHospital/

Best wishes with your search.

Naomi Fellerman 


Sherri Bobish
 

Paul,

Try searching her name at:
https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.movinghere.org.uk/

Click on:
Web Archive advanced Search

Type in name you are searching in the top field and hit search.

Scroll down on results page and look for anything labeled:

Moving Here | Catalogue

This site is no longer updated, and is a bit klutzy to search on these days, but I have found many documents there relating to Jewish refugees in Britain in the WW11 time frame, including school records.

You can search by person's name or by name of town that they came from, and I imagine other keywords would work also.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish


Marsha
 


Paul,
The history page for Norwood Orphanage is here 
https://www.norwood.org.uk/pages/about/a-history-of-norwood/  There is mention of archives including orphanage records and the suggestion "to find out more about Norwood’s archives,  call Norwood on 020 8809 8809"

It might also be worth checking with World Jewish Relief as they hold some refugee records https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/about-us 
Best wishes
Marsha Rosenberg


devicesofwonder@...
 

Thank you so much Susan, Naomi, Sherri, and others who wrote privately,

Sherri's kind advice suggests another idea. You mention schools. I think education became compulsory in 1918. So, is there a way to search school records?

I assume schooling was done outside an orphanage. Or, am I wrong?

Thanks again.

Paul

Paul St George (London)

Looking for Kaufmann, Schimmelpfennig, Jewish families from Marburg


JoAnne Goldberg
 

I don't think anyone has mentioned World Jewish Relief --
https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/news/383-making-it-easier-to-find-your-family-history-our-digitised-archives
-- they have volunteers who research English records from that era.

Because they are volunteers, turnaround time is not fast, but they sent
me information on my mother that she didn't know existed, including the
headmistress's very unsympathetic reports. Way more than I expected. As
I recall, the only information I had to give them was her name and
birthdate.

JoAnne
--
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535
BLOCH, SEGAL, FRIDMAN, KAMINSKY, PLOTNIK/KIN -- LIthuania
GOLDSCHMIDT, HAMMERSCHLAG,HEILBRUNN, REIS(S), EDELMUTH, ROTHSCHILD, SPEI(Y)ER -- Hesse, Germany
COHEN, KAMP, HARFF, FLECK, FRÖHLICH, HAUSMANN,  DANIEL  -- Rhineland, Germany