Margaret Simmons grew up in Ellrich am Hartz and Nordhausen. Her father had a textile factory He committed suicide in 1928. She moved to Cologne and married a Christian German. Her husband lost his job because he was married to a Jewess and they decided to get divorced (amicably). Margaret married Erwin Simmons and emigrated with him to the UK in 1937. They had to leave their son behind (her son came to visit her in London in the summer of 1937). They did not see him again until 1945 when he came to live in the UK. She was interned on the Isle of Man in Port Erin, in the Women's Camp (1941-1942).