DAVID Allthorpe, associate researcher at London's Wiener Library,
is chasing details of Jewish refugees who survived the Holocaust for
a former British Army Officer.
On a Saturday evening in May 1946, 2,000 Jewish refugees arrived
by train at a border railway station and displaced persons camp
between Berlin and Hanover in the British occupied zone of West
It was reported that the transport leader, a Mr Stern, had bought
the train in Poland with money provided by an independent organisation.
The train stood in the siding overnight having been denied further
progress by the railway authorities as Mr Stern had no valid entry
The camp manager contacted the locally based British Army Intelligence
Unit who, in turn, offered Mr Stern the use of their telephone so
that he could try and obtain the necessary authority required to
take the train and its passengers on to Bremen.
Mr Stern claimed he was a representative of the American Joint
Distribution Committee. At Bremen a boat was supposedly waiting
for them to take them to the Middle East.
This he successfully managed to obtain and later on the Sunday
the train, and its desperate passengers, continued the journey to
freedom and a new life.
Nothing was recorded of this incident but now, 60 years after
the incident, one of the British officers is trying to find out
more about what he was involved with and as to whether these refugees
found the new life they desperately sought.
Contact David at Wiener Library, 4 Devonshire Street, London W1W
5BH or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ROY Rosenthal of Manchester is looking for the family of Simon
Mr Jacobson knew Roy's late uncle, Harold Friedman, who was killed
in the First World War at Cambrai, France on August 25, 1918, aged
20. Harold served with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and prior to
going to France, he was stationed at Cavalry Barracks in Newport.
Roy has a letter from his uncle which refers to the death of Alderman
Frankenburg and the strike of munition workers in Lancashire. It
also mentions a Mrs Miller.
Roy's grandparents lived at 51 Brunswick Street, Cheetham Hill,
Write to 19 Fairhaven Avenue, Whitefield, Manchester M45 7QG or
telephone 0161 959 0053.
HANNAH Freeman of Somerset is looking for information about
the Goldstern family.
Abraham and Marie Goldstern had 13 children. Abraham was the youngest
son of Rabbi Mendel Goldstern in Odessa.
From information Hannah has gathered, she believes the family
name of Goldstern is coming to an end. Hannah is also looking for
information about the family Umansky, specifically Kotja Constantine
Write to Foxowls, Holcombe Rogus, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0NE
or email email@example.com
BARBARA Brody is trying to trace relatives of her great grandparents.
They were Rabbi Samuel Menachem Brod(y), 1856-1938, son of Nachum
Dov, and Sarah,(1857-1925), daughter of Mordechai.
They arrived in Hull in approximately 1898 and remained there
all their lives. They had at least four children, Louis/Lewis, Betsy(
Barbara's grandmother) Rachel and Dora (Dolly).
Write to 41 Forest Drive, Lytham FY8 4QF or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Brookvale Home has sent an appeal to the family of a former
resident who died last week.
The home wants to contact the sister of Jeffrey Myers, as they
need his Hebrew name.
Finance director Maurice Walters said: "Jeffrey moved to Brookvale
more than 20 years ago from Leeds. We believe his sister is still
in Leeds and is called Estelle Amos."
Jeffrey's parents - Sadie and Harry Myerson - have also passed
Contact Maurice on 0161-653 1767.
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
email@example.com Please include your home address.