Gabrielle Jacobi (nee Dienemann) was born in 1919 in Ratibor/Silesia to Rabbi Dienemann, who then moved to Offenbach, where his daughter grew up in a household well integrated into both the local German and Jewish communities. She met several well-known liberal rabbis. Her father was arrested in 1933, and again in 1938, she finished her education in Germany in 1937 and was admitted to Britain on a student entry permit. She studied at college in West Hampstead for a teacher’s diploma in Home Economics, in which field she made a considerable career after the war at a college in Luton. She married an Anglophile German-Jewish journalist who had settled in Britain before 1933.