The following ten pages are an extract from a much longer diary.
In the original, the following are pages 90-99.
The original was translated for the family by Frank Mecklenburg of the Leo Baeck Institute.
These pages are reproduced here with the kind permission of Ronnie Wolf, who retains copyright.
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Submitted by Ronnie Wolf, for the Wolf Family, on behalf of our father
“In the Fall of 2009, I came across a postcard in my deceased Aunt Edith’s home. In 2010, I had the postcard translated. I was studying it and noticed that the original address to Kitchener Camp had been crossed out but there was a forwarding address. I Googled that address and there, staring back at me, was my dad at the age of 17! Unbelievable! Dad died in 1971 and had never spoken about his childhood.
This is when I started my exploration into dad’s past. We hadn’t discovered his Diary until a year and a half later. But by then I had done a lot of research on his stay in England and uncovered his connection to ORT.
Additionally, I had discovered that he left England for New York on May 22, 1940, three days before his 18th birthday, to join his father, mother, and two sisters. Lucky for him, otherwise several months later, he would have been considered an enemy alien and been among the 40 ORT “Old Boys” shipped off to interment camps.
In 2013 I attended a ceremony in Leeds, England, when a Historic Blue Plaque was placed on their hostel. British ORT had lots of info about the ORT Old Boys posted around the room. I had a chance to meet a few Old Boys but sadly only two remembered dad.
Dad joined the US Army Corps of Engineers (due to his ORT training) in December 1941. He was in the second wave of D-Day, and returned to New York City in December 1945. He married my mother on January 25, 1946.”