Harold Jackson (formerly Hans Hermann Josephy): personal papers

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the personal papers of Harold Jackson (formerly Hans Hermann Josephy), a former Jewish refugee from Vienna who emigrated on the Kitchener camp scheme to England. His parents were deported to Riga where they both perished.

Included are papers and correspondence concerning his restitution claims relating to confiscated family property and loss of income; wartime correspondence including a Red Cross letter from his parents sent to him at Kitchener camp; a copy of his CV as well as birth and death certificates.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold Jackson (formerly Hans Hermann Josephy) was born in Berlin in 1921, son of wealthy businessman Richard Josephy (1877-c1942) and his wife Klara Lachmann. His father owned two textile shops together with Harold's stepmother Else Josephy (née Anschel, 1887-c1942). Harold was expelled from school in 1935 for being Jewish. Unable to pursue his intended career he became a carpenter apprentice in the trade school of the Jewish community in 1937. He worked unpaid with the Reich's Representation of Jews in Germany ('Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden') until February 1939. In the same year he emigrated to England on the Kitchener camp scheme. Harold Jackson was interned in 1940 and served with the army between 1941 and 1946. Upon his return he worked as carpenter until 1948 and later as advertising designer. He changed his name to Harold Jackson when he was naturalised in 1947.

His parents were deported to Riga in 1942 where they both perished.



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Acquisition Information

Donated by Alan Sternstein



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