Walter Brill – born in Herzebrock, Germany, 13th September 1910
Occupation in country of origin: furniture making
Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany, 3 April 1939
Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee Surname: Brill Forename: Walter Alias: - Date and place of birth: 13/09/1910 in Herzebrock Nationality: German Police Regn. Cert. No.: 710 485 Home Office ref: C 476 Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent Normal occupation: Joiner Present occupation: Name and address of employer: - Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A Date 05.10.1939 Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes Whether desires to be repatriated: No Tribunal District: Richborough Camp Tribunal 1
Source: National Arrives, Home Office: Aliens Department: Internees Index, 1939-1947
The information in the record above for Walter Brill is held at the British National Archives (NA). We are not allowed to post NA records as images, but we are permitted to extract the information from the images, as shown.
The Leo Baeck Institute’s digital archive holds both an audio interview with Walter Brill and a transcript of the interview. Some of the interview transcript is in German part way through (pages 22 to 25), but the vast majority is in English. It is an extraordinary account, covering pre-War Germany to the present day of the interview in the 1970s.
Unfortunately, because of the way the interview has been digitised and catalogued, we are unable to provide a link to it that does not time out. If you go to the Leo Baeck digital archive and type in ‘Walter Brill’, however, it will take you to the interview and a typescript of the interview.
Not everyone will be able to view the entire document, so it is worthwhile noting here one or two exceptional statements as regards Kitchener camp specifically. If you can, we do encourage you to go to the Leo Baeck website and listen to (or read) the entire interview.