Walter Brill – Memories

The Brill family history is viewable in two online archives.

Walter Brill was interviewed about his life in pre-War Germany, as a Kitchener refugee and then soldier in Britain, and then about his life as an immigrant in the USA. This extensive interview is available in the Leo Baeck digital online archive, searchable under ‘Walter Brill’.

There is also a blog page about the Brill family history on the Jewish Museum Berlin website, currently available at the following link: http://www.jmberlin.de/blog-en/2013/11/moving-encounters/

I have provided a PDF here in case their link becomes invalid over time:

Kitchener camp, Walter Brill, Jewish Museum Berlin – Blog

Kitchener camp, Walter Brill, Passover 1934
Passover 1934; Source: Leo Baeck Institute; Photo credit: Jim Strong
See “The Holocaust Chroncicle: A History in Words and Pictures,” Publications International, 2002
Caption: 1934: Under growing Nazi oppression, the Hugo Brill family celebrates the Passover seder 
Hugo Brill is Walter Brill’s father. Walter Brill, my father, is the man standing on the upper left of picture, wearing a top hat
Submitted by Winston Brill for his father, Walter Brill

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Winston is not sure whether Irmgard was ever resident in Kitchener camp, but it is possible, given the date of her arrival in Britain. As Clare Ungerson notes in her book, Four thousand lives (2014), “Very suddenly, from 5 September onwards, there were some in the camp – about 200 of them and all wives of the camp men. … some of the wives were even able to bring their children into the camp and whole families were reunited in one place” (p. 142).

In 1949 the family emigrated to the USA on the SS Ile de France. Irmgard’s application for herself and her three sons for US citizenship is attached below.

Irmgard Brill US citizenship
Irmgard Brill US citizenship
Submitted by Winston Brill and family, 2017

 

Information submitted by Winston Brill and family, in memory of Walter and Irmgard Brill, 2017

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