Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Sinclair, Ilse, 1921- (1 of 12) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

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  • Subjects

    Refugee from Nazi Europe

  • Recording date

    1989-01-20 and 1989-02-25

  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Sinclair, Ilse, 1921- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wingate, Jennifer, (speaker, female)

  • Recordist

    Wingate, Jennifer

  • Abstract

    Isle Sinclair, nee Ilse Guttentag, was born in Hamburg, Germany. Distinguished family history in Hamburg and in Posen, Poland. Both parents involved in business. Ilse and brother were looked after by nannies. Aware of being Jewish but not very religious. Description of school days, childhood, family life. First experience of anti-Semitism in 1934. Pupils pressed to join Hitler Youth Movement at school. Kristallnacht. Granted permission to leave Germany, came to family in Middlesex, England. March 1939, parents went to Shanghai by Siberian Express, where father later died. Ilse's subsequent life in England. Trained at nursery training college, and worked as nursery nurse and in pathology laboratory. Became a "friendly alien", joined fire watch. Met husband, who changed his name from Schnitzler to Sinclair. Had children, took children to visit Hamburg. Describes parents' life in Shanghai. Received reparation form German government. Now feels content, glad to be in England, no guilt or bad dreams, has come to terms with past. Work as therapist, giving contraceptive advice, youth counselling, etc. Started Brook Clinic in Bristol.

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    Interviewee's note: Isle Sinclair, nee Ilse Guttentag, was born in Hamburg, Germany.

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    Voices of the Holocaust - link to learning materials based on the moving stories of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on the British Library Website

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