This character reference for Herta Loebenstein from a German Jewish cultural organisation notes that; 'owing to the present circumstances, Herta will have to leave this country'. Herta came from a German-Jewish family in Hanau-on-Maine and was 17 years old when she was sent by her family to a relative in Herne Hill, just before war was declared in 1939. Some of her personal papers and photographs were discovered in 2005 in the attic of a Herne Hill house, shedding some light on Herta's year spent in Lambeth as a refugee. Letters from her family in Germany and uncle in Rotterdam comment on the increasing pressure on Jews and their desperate attempts to find an escape route from mainland Europe. All these family members subsequently died at Auschwitz. On 13th September Herta died at Dulwich Hospital from injuries received when a bomb fell on her lodgings at 17 Half Moon Lane. She is buried in Camberwell Cemetery.From the Lambeth Archives Home Front project 2005.Ref: 2005/16
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