Ilse Schoenholz biographical sketch
Ilse Schoenholz's seven page narrative describes her childhood in Bochum, Germany, antisemitism in her apartment building and at school, how the police and neighbors refused to help when her family's store was vandalized during Kristallnacht, and the forced liquidation of the store and the confiscation of her mother's jewelry and silver. She recounts her journey to England on a Kindertransport and explains that, through relatives, she was able to keep in touch with her parents until they were deported to the Riga ghetto. She details aspects of her life in England including her concerns about her parents, living with various families and in refugee homes in London and Manchester, attending school in England, becoming a naturalized English citizen, and helping plan celebrations of Goethe's 200th anniversary.
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