This collection contains the personal papers and correspondence of Edith and Kurt Brent. Both were German Jewish refugees emigrating to England in 1939 whilst other members of their families died in the Holocaust. Edith and Kurt met in England and were married in 1950.
The documents include family correspondence describing the difficult living conditions for Jews in Berlin during the Second World War; Kurt Brent's papers collected in preparation for emigration such as school certificates, 'Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung', German passport and driving licence, British army soldier's service and pay book, soldier's release book, Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen membership card and his memoirs; as well as Edith Brent's emigration papers such as training certificates, testimonials and work references, marriage certificate and correspondence relating to war compensation claims. Also included are Edith's friendship album ('Posiealbum'), photographs (including photos of the 1936 Olympics) and correspondence regarding research into the family's history.
The collection also includes a set of letters from the ghetto in Piaski, Poland, to where Edith's mother was deported in c 1941. She reports about the dire hardship she suffered in the ghetto. She perished in the Holocaust.