Ursula Owen

Ursula was born in Oxford in 1937. Her mother Emma Sachs had travelled from Berlin to Oxford to give birth to Ursula, as Ursula’s parents believed that it would be an advantage to have been born in Britain. Ursula’s mother had done the same for her brother’s birth in 1933. In both cases the mother stayed for six weeks with family members who had emigrated to the UK and then returned to Germany. Ursula’s father was a chemical engineer and together with his cousin ran metal company called ‘Gesellschaft fuer Mettalurgie’. The company was aryanised and the parents received exit papers to leave to the UK in July 1938. The children were left in Berlin with the grandparents. Six weeks later the German nanny brought the children to Holland, where their father waited for them. From there they flew to the UK.  

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