Lilli Goldwerth: passport and letter regarding her planned emigration

Scope and Content

This collection contains some personal papers of Lilli Goldwerth, a Jewish girl from Vienna whose parents had to leave her behind as her visa did not arrive in time for the family's planned emigration. She perished in 1942. Included are her German passport and a letter by the Permit Department of the Central Office for Refugees in London regarding the placing of Lilli with a host family in Scotland.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lilli Goldwerth was born in Vienna in 1922. Her parents were Abraham Goldwerth (born 1887) and Franziska (1893-1959). In 1939, Lilli's parents were making arrangements for her to emigrate to England. She was to stay with her father's employer, Captain Geoffrey Austin, in St Andrews, Scottland. However, Abraham and Franziska Goldwerth were obliged to leave their daughter behind as her visa did not arrive in time. The couple arrived in Britain in August 1939 with domestic permits. Lilli's visa was later cancelled due to the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1942, her parents were informed via a Red Cross letter that their daughter had died in Vienna. Lilli's parents became British by naturalisation in 1949.

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Acquisition Information

Donated via the Holocaust Survivors Centre



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