Lieb Lazar – born in Zablotow, on 6th September 1902
Profession in country of origin: Salesman
Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Vienna on 11 August 1939
Stateless from Poland Orthodox Wife not in England Number of children: 2 9 years old - Male 4 1/2 years old - Male Arrived direct from Austria; likely to emigrate to USA. 28. 2. 1940 Cheque for luggage storage charges £6:2:0 07.03.1940 Refund Kitchener camp £2:0:0 15.04.1940 Arrived from camp, for five days accommodation at shelter, to see W. Feldmann (see letter Dr Frankenstein) 16.04.1940 Statement letter shown W Feldmann today This man fit for camp. No necessity for further treatment. Released on 22.08.1940 24.08.1940 Released from internment for medical reasons. 22.08.1940 Must fill A/B form 23.08.1940 Signed form 26.08.1940 Asking for his ration card from Kitchener camp. Sent query to Miss [Fellner?] 30.08.1940 Letter [?] 06.09.1940 Expected to leave for USA. Already in [?] Has now affidavit for new date. 06.09.1940 To see Dr Feldmann on 09.09.1940 Medical Aid Department Was given treatment - Dr Victor Feldman 30.08.1940 Rejected by A.B. Para 2 sect. II 18.09.1940 2 [?] from 13th 26.09.1940 1 pyjama, jacket and trousers, 2 vests 26.09.1940 As from 27th 2 weeks M Shoe repairs heels and soles 08.10.1940 Wishes us to store his luggage he had until now with friends - 3 cases containing belongings of wife and children in Germany - no storage possibility through us. 08.10.1940 2 weeks from £10:10:40 - 24.10.1940 15.10.1940 Given treatment 23.10.1940 1 week from 24.10.1940 - 31.10.1940 29.10.1940 See attached letter before next payment 30.10.1940 1 week from 31.10.1940 - 07.11.1940 05.11.1940 2 photocopies USA consulate Repeat entries of weekly amounts given 13.11.1940 2 pairs shoes repaired 14.11.1940 Refund of hospital charges to him (exceptional!) 22.11.1940 Must report at L.E. [Labour Exchange] before he calls next time! One week til 29.11.1940.
[Hand-written additions] 15.08.1940 Release authorised Cat 3 Released 22.08.1940 FORM EAR1 L16126 Interned EC - released Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee Surname: Lazar Forename: Lieb Alias: - Date and place of birth: 06/09/1902 in Zablotow Nationality: Stateless Police Regn. Cert. No.: 712 864 Home Office ref: C 3356 Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent Normal occupation: Salesman Present occupation: - Name and address of employer: - Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A Date 24.10.1939 Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes [Later crossed out in red] Whether desires to be repatriated: No Release authorised category 3. 15.08.1940 Lazar, Lieb Released 06.09.1902 712864 L16126 Richborough EC
02.12.1940 Has reported to Labour Exchange. Will report to Employment Department at BH [Bloomsbury House?]. I week to 06.12.1940 from 29.11.1940 06.12.1940 Showed Labour Exchange card. 1 week til 13.13.1940. Pays rent. 13.13.1940 1 week til 20.12.1940 + 2/- for heating 20.12.1940 2 weeks til 13.01.1941 + 2/- heating 03.01.1941 Going to O.S.D. today. 1 week til 10.01.1941 + 2/- heating 10.01.1941 Not willing to do debris work. Stomach trouble. 1 week til 17.01.1941 + 2/- heating Repeat accounts for costs of living allowances. 15.01.1941 One pair shoes reheeled 14.02.1941 Is negotiating for job as rag-sorter 21.02.1941 Has offer of job with Messrs. Rapmark. Rochester Place. NW6. To let us have definite news next week. 24.01.1941 1 pair of shoes heeled 28.02.1941 Applying for permit [?] Entered on Internee list 07.03.1941 Has offer of job as presser at £2.15 per week. - Mrs Cohen. 14.03.1941 Started work yesterday as learner presser with Mrs Cohen, N16 at £2.10 per week. Last payment 21.03.1941 21 May 1941 papers are now considered as sufficient by American Consulate, but of course their is no passage available. "Split family [?]" 23.05.1941 Signed A.B. form with Miss Applebaum on 20.05.1941. Has sent to DA and sent back to BH [Bloomsbury House?]. Miss T[?] sent him to Russell Square on 23.05.1941 23.05.1941 AB did not pay today. [?] his job on 23.05.1941 + 6 days til 29.05.1941. had not enough stamps. 29.05.1941 A.B. report 'out of scope'. Postpone CCRI [?] as possibilities of his getting it soon. 06.06.1941 Started work yesterday with Schlosser, N16 (piece work) 15.05.1941 Advised to apply to Home Office for release statement. Has original letter from Department State addressed to brother. 07.12.1942 US Visa authorised. Will contribute £40.0.0 towards emigration.
Wife not in England Relatives or friends in England: III 07.12.1942 Emigration contribution £40.0.0 £2.11.08 See adjusted estimate Cables £2.0.0 Passage £45.0.0 To post of embarkation £3.0.0 Luggage £25.0.0 - discussed with Mr Schiff who approved Money £10.0.0 [?] £2.0.0 £90.11.8 Contribution £50.0.0 £40.11.8 14.12.1942 Cable expense US Consulate 22.12.1942 US visa fees (quota number arrived) 23.12.1942 Balance of 4/6 returned by US Consulate. 05.01.1943 Further contribution of £10.0.0 towards freight and insurance of luggage 06.01.1943 Emigration contribution £10.0.0 11.01.1943 Pay to Thomas Cook and Son, Berkeley Street. Fare to USA £40. Head fax [?] £2. Fare rail to Cardiff £1.3.6 USA currency £10. Mr Schiff approved to £25 for freight and insurance of luggage in view of Mr L's very sudden departure. Left country on 05.01.1943. Cunard sailing. Our luggage rep. will still arrange for transportation of luggage he left behind. Table of contributions 13.01.1943 Westminster Bank instructed to debit E. J. account to credit general account with the sum of £45-13-6. 19.01.1943 Mrs Schapirer, friend of Mr Lazar, is arranging for his luggage to be sent to Thomas Cook. We shall pay, up to £35.0.0. to Cook's. 19.01.1943 12/5 returned by Consulate 23.02.1943 Mrs Shapirer asked us to obtain refund from Cook's. 06.04.1943 Refunded to Mrs Shapirer difference between her original payment of £13.19.4 and refund from Thomas Cook of £10.17.7. Cheque number ... issued in General account Left country January 1943 Destination USA Assisted Stateless April 1943
Lieb Lazar set sail on Cunard’s SS Ville de Tamatave on 06 January 1943. It was part of Convoy ON 16, sailing under the command of Sir Henry John Studholme Brownrigg.
“The convoy ran into a violent storm in the North Atlantic towards the evening of 23 January. Messages were received from the Ville de Tamatave indicating that she had lost her rudder and, an hour later, that she was sinking; the other ships were not able to render assistance, and Ville de Tamatave was lost with all hands” on 24 January 1943.