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Herman Katz

Arrived in Britain:
Place of Birth:
Born:
1 September 1938
Mode of Arrival:
Via Italy, Switzerland, and France

Interview Summary:

Born in Vienna in 1914. Hermann Katz went to commercial college and worked in grocery shop. He came to the UK in September 1938 (Vienna-Milano-Zurich-Dieppe-New Haven-London). His parents came on Domestic Visas and he managed also to get Visas for other members of family. He was interned near Leeds. 

A policeman told my mother that I should get out. So that evening I took the train to Milan, to meet with my brother. …the Italian border police stopped me… they wouldn’t let me into Italy... I phoned my parents. They sent a young man called Meiers. Robert Meiers. He came, he met me there. And he said “I know another border where you will be able to get into Italy. We have to go through …a town called Villach.” And that was all right. I got through into Milan at that border.

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