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Rudi Montrose

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Rudi Montrose’s (Rudolf Rosenberg)  father was born in Rumania and married his mother (who was born in Manchester) in Berlin. The parents ran a tobacco business from their flat in Berlin. From 1934-1938 Rudi attended the ‘Mittelschule der Jued. Gemeinde Gross Hamburgerstr.’ In 1938 he left for Manchester where he stayed with his mother’s parents. In preparation for her emigration his mother trained as a corset maker in Berlin. His parents emigrated in 1939 and his father who had been very ill died the same year. Rudi worked for his uncle who was an optician. Between 1943 and 1947 Rudi, who had been granted British citizenship when his mother reclaimed her citizenship, served in the British army in an infantry unit. He was stationed in Egypt, Greece, Italy and Austria, where he worked for the British army for two years. He tells us about the good contact with the local population and the fact that during his time in Austria he did not hear about the existence of concentration camps. When he came back to the UK he trained as an Ophthalmic Optician and settled with his wife in Cardiff. He eventually opened his own shop and joined the Cardiff Reform synagogue which was set up by German Jews. 


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