Courts, Mrs Ben (b 1908): personal papers

Scope and Content

Mrs Ben Courts personal papers, 1938-1946, comprise correspondence mostly from friends and family members in Germany to Mrs Ben Courts 1938-1946, (629/1), much of this material is immediately pre war and relates to requests by unidentifiable individuals for sponsorship to settle in England; Central Office for Refugees Domestic Bureau printed material including terms and conditions and registration information, 1939 (629/2) and biographical notes on Mrs Ben Courts by her son Hugh Courts, [1938-1946] (629/3).

Administrative / Biographical History

Ella Mayer was born in a village in the Rhine Palatinate in 1908, the daughter of a kosher butcher in a small Jewish community. In 1932 both Ella and her sister were brought to England to stay with an English uncle, who had lived in London since before the First World War. Having already met Ben Courts, on the threat of enforced return to Germany, due to the immanent expiry of her visa, they married and she made London her permanent home.


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Acquisition Information

Ben Courts


For a more detailed biography of Mrs Ben Courts see WL 629/3.

Other Finding Aids

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Location of Originals

Wiener Collection, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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