Werner Gembicki – Letters

Werner Gembicki – born in Hamburg, Germany: 25th November 1915

Profession in country of origin: Clerk

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany in 1939

Editor's note: the following letters are housed at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York; they are reproduced here with their very kind permission.

There are many more letters in the Gembicki collection at the Leo Baeck Institute and we encourage you to visit the collection either in person or online.

Werner Gembicki, Postcard, Konzentrationslager Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg bei Berlin, From Vera Gembicki (wife), Number 8485, 14 December 1938, front

Werner Gembicki, Postcard, Konzentrationslager Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg bei Berlin, From Vera Gembicki (wife), Number 8485, 14 December 1938, front
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York

Werner Gembicki, Postcard, Konzentrationslager Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg bei Berlin, From Vera Gembicki (wife), Number 8485, 14 December 1938, reverse
Werner Gembicki, Postcard, Konzentrationslager Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg bei Berlin, From Vera Gembicki (wife), Number 8485, 14 December 1938, reverse
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Dislikes wife working so hard, Consulate works quickly, 19 February 1939, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Dislikes wife working so hard, Consulate works quickly, 19 February 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Money to Barclays bank Sandwich, 50% of costs paid by Committee, medical, ticket for USA, Sell gold jewellery, Letter of friendship required, 19 February 1939, page 2
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Money to Barclays bank Sandwich, 50% of costs paid by Committee, medical, ticket for USA, Sell gold jewellery, Letter of friendship required, 19 February 1939, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Family news, Last night in camp at cinema - very good, Stolen Life with Elizabeth Bergner, (Name?) is on holiday but back in two days, Privat elesson, 19 February 1939, page 3
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Family news, Last night in camp at cinema – very good, Stolen Life with Elizabeth Bergner, (Name?) is on holiday but back in two days, Private lesson, 19 February 1939, page 3
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, 19 February 1939, page 4
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, 19 February 1939, page 4
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough refugee camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, Received one dollar with letter, Received £3 salary, Emigration to California, Family waiting for Consulate summons, Question about payment for passage, Foreign currency restrictions making it difficult for Committee to help and because of numbers of domestics needing help, Own emigration subject to considerable delay, Document transfers among consulates, London and Hamburg no longer in communication, 10 July 1939, pages 1 and 2
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, Received one dollar with letter, Received £3 salary, Emigration to California, Family waiting for Consulate summons, Question about payment for passage, Foreign currency restrictions making it difficult for Committee to help and because of numbers of domestics needing help, Own emigration subject to considerable delay, Document transfers among consulates, London and Hamburg no longer in communication, 10 July 1939, pages 1 and 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough transit camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, Clipper postal service suspended, Tribunal to decide whether Friendly or Enemy Alien in next few weeks, If friendly, allowed to work and leave camp but "nothing sure up-to-now", Giving English lessons in 2 courses daily - a pleasant occupation, Work to be accomplished on camp before winter - quite interesting, Good training in hard work - so will do any work in USA, Archbishop of Canterbury to come to see us on Monday, Can stand the life of the camp very well, Doesn't seem a religious country, Plays table-tennis, Friends' parents failed the medical in Stuttgart and cannot emigrate, 10 July 1939, pages 3 and 4
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, Clipper postal service suspended, Tribunal to decide whether Friendly or Enemy Alien in next few weeks, If friendly, allowed to work and leave camp but “nothing sure up-to-now”, Giving English lessons in 2 courses daily – a pleasant occupation, Work to be accomplished on camp before winter – quite interesting, Good training in hard work – so will do any work in USA, Archbishop of Canterbury to come to see us on Monday, Can stand the life of the camp very well, Doesn’t seem a religious country, Plays table-tennis, Friends’ parents failed the medical in Stuttgart and cannot emigrate, 10 July 1939, pages 3 and 4
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Postcard, Dover Castle, 26 August 1939, front
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Postcard, Dover Castle, 26 August 1939, front
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Postcard, Dover beach
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Postcard, Dover beach
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, Family sail from Rotterdam to Southampton, Unable to visit, German ultimatum to Holland, Upset and requested luggage to be sent from London to camp, later cancelled, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, Family sail from Rotterdam to Southampton, Unable to visit, German ultimatum to Holland, Upset and requested luggage to be sent from London to camp, later cancelled, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, Clipper postage and expense, Owing to censorship, please write in English - faster process and helps learn language, Following speech by Lord Reading in camp - majority joined the Army in Auxiliary Corps, Only ones excepted are those able to emigrate within four months, A list of 1200, Overseas Settlement and London Consulate, page 2<br />
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, Clipper postage and expense, Owing to censorship, please write in English – faster process and helps learn language, Following speech by Lord Reading in camp – majority joined the Army in Auxiliary Corps, Only ones excepted are those able to emigrate within four months, A list of 1200, Overseas Settlement and London Consulate, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, Date of first registration, Form XV from London Consulate, Does his own laundry, Tried to avoid sock re-pairing, Camp lies in evacuation zone, Only a few alarms so far but no planes appeared, "Did the Germans give you a gas mask? I have one", page 3
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, Date of first registration, Form XV from London Consulate, Does his own laundry, Tried to avoid sock re-pairing, Camp lies in evacuation zone, Only a few alarms so far but no planes appeared, “Did the Germans give you a gas mask? I have one”, page 3
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, George Koppel interned, Applied to Camp Director to help but he cannot do anything, "it is really a pity, as he is a refugee like me, especially as he was in a Conc.-Camp", All Aliens had to pass a Tribunal and so did I, Certificate 'Refugee from Nazi Oppression', Money situation deteriorating, page 4
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Hut 36/II, George Koppel interned, Applied to Camp Director to help but he cannot do anything, “it is really a pity, as he is a refugee like me, especially as he was in a Conc.-Camp”, All Aliens had to pass a Tribunal and so did I, Certificate ‘Refugee from Nazi Oppression’, Money situation deteriorating, page 4
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 8 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough transit camp, Letter, Tribunal, Wish to fight, Family and American consulate for passports, 29 August 1939, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Tribunal, Wish to fight, Family and American consulate for passports, 29 August 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough refugee camp, Letter, Tribunal, Wish to fight, Family and American consulate for passports, 29 August 1939, page 2
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Tribunal, Wish to fight, Family and American consulate for passports, 29 August 1939, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Hut 36/II, Outbreak of war and despair, Wife Vera hopes for visa, American consulate, Forbidden goods, German shortages, National Service filling sandbags, KC in evacuation zone, 16 September 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Hut 36/II, Outbreak of war and despair, Wife Vera hopes for visa, American consulate, Forbidden goods, German shortages, National Service filling sandbags, KC in evacuation zone, 16 September 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Camp in winter cold and wet, Family safety, Rosh Hashanah, New York Committee, 16 September 1939, page 2
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Camp in winter cold and wet, Family safety, Rosh Hashanah, New York Committee, 16 September 1939, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough refugee camp Hut 36/II, Letter, Holland-America line fares in foreign currency, American consulate, Archbishop of Canterbury visited today - "A great honour for us all", 9 October 1939
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp Hut 36/II, Letter, Holland-America line fares in foreign currency, American consulate, Archbishop of Canterbury visited today – “A great honour for us all”, 9 October 1939
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough refugee camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, Number 5995 summoned to consulate on November 2nd, Delay in emigration due to many applicants from Vienna and Stuttgart who registered earlier, Furniture storage problems and costs, "I do not know the meaning of the word 'room'? Always living in a great comapny of more or less sympathetic comrades," 25 October 1939, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, Number 5995 summoned to consulate on November 2nd, Delay in emigration due to many applicants from Vienna and Stuttgart who registered earlier, Furniture storage problems and costs, “I do not know the meaning of the word ‘room’? Always living in a great comapny of more or less sympathetic comrades,” 25 October 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, "never alone", Present situation not agreeable, Camp life is nice for a few weeks but boring for months on end, Searching only for peace, Would prefer to live in a small town to a big city, Constant changes and nerves on edge, "All are very excited, thus life with them is rather unpleasant as we have often quarrels", Occupation in camp changed often, Work Department, Teacher, National Service, Building camp roads, Hut orderly, Little contact with English population means language not progressing, Also learning Spanish, Passed the Tribunal and received 'C' mark, Nazi Oppression, Friendly Alien, Cold and rainy, Family in safety, Receiving letters helps, 25 October 1939, page 2
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 36/II, Letter, “never alone”, Present situation not agreeable, Camp life is nice for a few weeks but boring for months on end, Searching only for peace, Would prefer to live in a small town to a big city, Constant changes and nerves on edge, “All are very excited, thus life with them is rather unpleasant as we have often quarrels”, Occupation in camp changed often, Work Department, Teacher, National Service, Building camp roads, Hut orderly, Little contact with English population means language not progressing, Also learning Spanish, Passed the Tribunal and received ‘C’ mark, Nazi Oppression, Friendly Alien, Cold and rainy, Family in safety, Receiving letters helps, 25 October 1939, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Visas, Family emigration, Raining in camp, Hut 36/II orderly, AMPC, 7 November 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Visas, Family emigration, Raining in camp, Hut 36/II orderly, AMPC, 7 November 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Camp food bad, Supplement food from Sandwich town, Weekly movies, Engish language problems, Lack of contact with local people, 7 November 1939, page 2
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Camp food bad, Supplement food from Sandwich town, Weekly movies, Engish language problems, Lack of contact with local people, 7 November 1939, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Telegram, Holland-America Line, Rotterdam, Good luck, Sandwich, 16 November 1939, front
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Telegram, Holland-America Line, Rotterdam, Good luck, Sandwich, 16 November 1939, front
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Telegram, Holland-America Line, Rotterdam, Good luck, Sandwich, 16 November 1939, reverse
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Telegram, Holland-America Line, Rotterdam, Good luck, Sandwich, 16 November 1939, reverse
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 2 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Concern about lack of post from USA where family is in process of emigrating, Letter from Koppels, Letter of Friendship very important at London Consulate, Asks wife to procure L of F for Koppels to be signed by a notary, 17 November 1939, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Concern about lack of post from USA where family is in process of emigrating, Letter from Koppels, Letter of Friendship very important at London Consulate, Asks wife to procure L of F for Koppels to be signed by a notary, 17 November 1939, page 1
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough refugee camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Life in camp has changed, moved huts - former one used for other purposes, the "whole 'Clique' is scattered over the different huts; this is really a pity, as we had formed a very good company of friends", Hopes to join Mosheim later, New Hut leader absent on leave for marriage, Life has changed, "Thus it is possible to get released from the camp, for good, if one rights a declaration to raise no claims against the camp", "Generally, refugees may now accept work with permission of the home office, which is not difficult to obtain", "special workers get preferred and I don't see a chance to leave the camp which I would like very much", 17 November 1939, page 2
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Life in camp has changed, moved huts – former one used for other purposes, the “whole ‘Clique’ is scattered over the different huts; this is really a pity, as we had formed a very good company of friends”, Hopes to join Mosheim later, New Hut leader absent on leave for marriage, Life has changed, “Thus it is possible to get released from the camp, for good, if one rights a declaration to raise no claims against the camp”, “Generally, refugees may now accept work with permission of the home office, which is not difficult to obtain”, “special workers get preferred and I don’t see a chance to leave the camp which I would like very much”, 17 November 1939, page 2
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough transit camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Family news, "I am wearing every day the same dress consisting of my cheap trousers from Koppel and the blue jacket. Both are rather worn-out, as things are suffering heavily here", "Sometimes I use to wear two vests, as my combination is pretty thin", "One of the greatest evils are the stockings, as the repair of them causes me much trouble", Finds someone to repair them, Doing a new course from 8.30 to 10am, Wireless set taken in Germany, Bought a new dictionary, There is a radio in the new hut bought in Ramsgate with Mosheim, 17 November 1939, page 3
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Family news, “I am wearing every day the same dress consisting of my cheap trousers from Koppel and the blue jacket. Both are rather worn-out, as things are suffering heavily here”, “Sometimes I use to wear two vests, as my combination is pretty thin”, “One of the greatest evils are the stockings, as the repair of them causes me much trouble”, Finds someone to repair them, Doing a new course from 8.30 to 10am, Wireless set taken in Germany, Bought a new dictionary, There is a radio in the new hut bought in Ramsgate with Mosheim, 17 November 1939, page 3
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Family news, "My courses cause me much fun", "I am really popular, e.g., the new course ... consisted originally of 4 men, now I have 20 in 3 days", Reading all your letters again form the beginning, 17 November 1939, page 4
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Family news, “My courses cause me much fun”, “I am really popular, e.g., the new course … consisted originally of 4 men, now I have 20 in 3 days”, Reading all your letters again form the beginning, 17 November 1939, page 4
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Family news, "My courses cause me much fun", "I am really popular, e.g., the new course ... consisted originally of 4 men, now I have 20 in 3 days", Reading all your letters again form the beginning, 17 November 1939, page 4
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/I, Letter, Family news, “My courses cause me much fun”, “I am really popular, e.g., the new course … consisted originally of 4 men, now I have 20 in 3 days”, Reading all your letters again form the beginning, 17 November 1939, page 4
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Anxiety awaiting news of family arrival in Holland, Sent telegram to Koppels, Family arrived at Rotterdam, "I felt so happy that you escaped the hell, but, on the other side, I am worrying about your voyage", Frightened at news headline that Dutch line sunk by mine, 21 November 1939, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Anxiety awaiting news of family arrival in Holland, Sent telegram to Koppels, Family arrived at Rotterdam, “I felt so happy that you escaped the hell, but, on the other side, I am worrying about your voyage”, Frightened at news headline that Dutch line sunk by mine, 21 November 1939, page 1
Werner Gembicki, Richborough camp, Letter, Authority for name change, enclosing pictures of Werner and friends, "We have formed a 'clique'" of Herbert Moshheim, Ernst Levy, Joseph Heimann (?), "We make all things commonly and divide amongst us all our food", Levy and Mosheim working as farm-helps for 2-3 shillings a day, Werner tried and so far failed to get similar job, Has a very comfortable job, Leaving me plenty of time for writing, "Last Saturday we went to Canterbury to see the famous Cathedral", Attended a service, Archbishop of Canterbury - the second man in England after the King - visited the camp, Report of this enclosed to keep, "The days are so boring", 21 November 1939, page 2
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Authority for name change, enclosing pictures of Werner and friends, “We have formed a ‘clique'” of Herbert Moshheim, Ernst Levy, Joseph Heimann (?), “We make all things commonly and divide amongst us all our food”, Levy and Mosheim working as farm-helps for 2-3 shillings a day, Werner tried and so far failed to get similar job, Has a very comfortable job, Leaving me plenty of time for writing, “Last Saturday we went to Canterbury to see the famous Cathedral”, Attended a service, Archbishop of Canterbury – the second man in England after the King – visited the camp, Report of this enclosed to keep, “The days are so boring”, 21 November 1939, page 2
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough refugee camp, Letter, Worrying whether son Peter will recognise his father, Did not yet get Form XV, 21 November 1939, page 3
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Letter, Worrying whether son Peter will recognise his father, Did not yet get Form XV, 21 November 1939, page 3
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Envelope, 21 November 1939
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Envelope, 21 November 1939
‘Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection’, AR 25617, Box 1, Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Family safely at sea to USA, Family news, Dutch shipping to UK stopped because of mines, Food parcel arrived at camp, London Consulate Form 15, "Forty men are summoned to the December 7th, who had been registered in the first days of August 1938. I count upon March or April 1940", Life in KC "goes on, the weather is bad ... an advantage preventing bombers to come to England", Working with Mohrnwitz, Long evenings are difficult, Playing chess and bridge, 24 November 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Family safely at sea to USA, Family news, Dutch shipping to UK stopped because of mines, Food parcel arrived at camp, London Consulate Form 15, “Forty men are summoned to the December 7th, who had been registered in the first days of August 1938. I count upon March or April 1940”, Life in KC “goes on, the weather is bad … an advantage preventing bombers to come to England”, Working with Mohrnwitz, Long evenings are difficult, Playing chess and bridge, 24 November 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Teacher training three times a week, Concern about English language skills, Does a lot of reading including 'Gone with the Wind' (in German) and Dubnow's 'Jewish History', Landsbergers "failed at the Consulate", Poland now occupied by Germany, Going to cinema in Sandwich to see 'Confessions of a Nazi Spy', Previously saw a 'wonderful coloured film showing a technique I never saw before', Keeping letters shorter because of censorship, 24 November 1939, page 2
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Teacher training three times a week, Concern about English language skills, Does a lot of reading including ‘Gone with the Wind’ (in German) and Dubnow’s ‘Jewish History’, Landsbergers “failed at the Consulate”, Poland now occupied by Germany, Going to cinema in Sandwich to see ‘Confessions of a Nazi Spy’, Previously saw a ‘wonderful coloured film showing a technique I never saw before’, Keeping letters shorter because of censorship, 24 November 1939, page 2
Richborough transit camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, News about passage to USA, 30 November 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, News about passage to USA, 30 November 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Richborough refugee camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, News about passage to USA, 30 November 1939, page 2
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, News about passage to USA, 30 November 1939, page 2
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, News about passage to USA, Hut change immanent because of emigrants, Saw a film by Edgar Wallace, which was "very exciting", Warmer but always raining, Gets up "at 9am, then I buy two rolls for 1d, wonderful white. Then I have to clean my shoes, to make my bed. At 11.30 I have dinner, then two courses English. The number of my pupils is ever increasing and I have got now sixty men!", Afternoons are 'at my disposal', Teacher training in evenings, 30 November 1939, page 3
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, News about passage to USA, Hut change immanent because of emigrants, Saw a film by Edgar Wallace, which was “very exciting”, Warmer but always raining, Gets up “at 9am, then I buy two rolls for 1d, wonderful white. Then I have to clean my shoes, to make my bed. At 11.30 I have dinner, then two courses English. The number of my pupils is ever increasing and I have got now sixty men!” Afternoons are ‘at my disposal’, Teacher training in evenings, 30 November 1939, page 3
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Advantage of eating twice in the evenings - the ordinary meal and 'special permisison on account of my job', Weight has increased and feels quite well, Life is very regular, Bed at 10pm, Alone and missing wife, "Sometimes I am rather down, but, then, I stick to our old motto that, finally, all will end well', "the day has only two eventful minutes: in the morning and in the evening, when the post comes', 30 November 1939, page 4
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Advantage of eating twice in the evenings – the ordinary meal and ‘special permisison on account of my job’, Weight has increased and feels quite well, Life is very regular, Bed at 10pm, Alone and missing wife, “Sometimes I am rather down, but, then, I stick to our old motto that, finally, all will end well’, “the day has only two eventful minutes: in the morning and in the evening, when the post comes’, 30 November 1939, page 4
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Unhappy because no letter from wife, Very cold, Glad of work as a teacher in classroom building - the only one with central heating, "Huts are hardly heated and terribly cold", Six blankets on bed but still cold sometimes, "And then the darkness! Owing to the blackout restrictions there is no light on the camp-streets and it is, literally, so dark that you can't see your hand before the eyes",  Working hard with '3 prviate lessons with daily income of 8 1/3d', 13 December 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Unhappy because no letter from wife, Very cold, Glad of work as a teacher in classroom building – the only one with central heating, “Huts are hardly heated and terribly cold”, Six blankets on bed but still cold sometimes, “And then the darkness! Owing to the blackout restrictions there is no light on the camp-streets and it is, literally, so dark that you can’t see your hand before the eyes”, Working hard with ‘3 prviate lessons with daily income of 8 1/3d’, 13 December 1939, page 1
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Hopes of regular payment have been frustrated - only for craftsmen working for the military, Can sell item of wife's father for a good price to military, Asking about job prospects in USA, This evening a festival with a show and concert, Enjoyable if wrapped in blankets and coats, Emigration details, Possible invasion of the Nazis in Holland, "which could place us in the centre of their air attacks, or America becoming involved in the war or something like this", Julius Rosenbaum leaving for New York on 20th, Did not leave camp since Saturday, 13 December 1939, pages 2 and 3
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, Hopes of regular payment have been frustrated – only for craftsmen working for the military, Can sell item of wife’s father for a good price to military, Asking about job prospects in USA, This evening a festival with a show and concert, Enjoyable if wrapped in blankets and coats, Emigration details, Possible invasion of the Nazis in Holland, “which could place us in the centre of their air attacks, or America becoming involved in the war or something like this”, Julius Rosenbaum leaving for New York on 20th, Did not leave camp since Saturday, 13 December 1939, pages 2 and 3
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, 13 December 1939, page 4
Kitchener camp, Werner Gembicki, Letter, 13 December 1939, page 4
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 9 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough transit camp, Hut 19/II, Letter, Otto Schiff, Stuck in England, War delaying visa delay, request to postpone ship ticket date, 20 January 1940
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 19/II, Letter, Otto Schiff, Stuck in England, War delaying visa delay, request to postpone ship ticket date, 20 January 1940
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 3 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough transmigrant, Hut 27/I, Postcard, 6 November 1940, address
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 27/I, Postcard, 6 November 1940, address
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 3 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York
Werner Gembicki, Richborough transmigrant camp, Hut 27/I, Postcard, 6 November 1940, reverse
Werner Gembicki, Kitchener camp, Hut 27/I, Postcard, 6 November 1940, reverse
Werner and Vera Gamby Family Collection, AR 25617, Box 1 Folder 3 at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York