Accession Number: NEKHC:2012.25.4

Object: Translation of a Medical Certificate

Category: Vera Price; The Vera Price Collection; Germany; Poland; Britain; Refugee

Physical Description: This document forms part of the Vera Price Collection. It is the offical translation of a medical certificate issued to Vera's maternal Aunt Alice, necessary for her travel to the United Kingdom. 

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This document forms part of the Vera Price Collection. It is the offical translation of a medical certificate issued to Vera's maternal Aunt Alice, necessary for her travel to the United Kingdom. 

Further Information

This document was donated by Vera Price. It is an official translation of a German medical certificate issued to Alice Ehrlich, Vera’s maternal aunt, which is also housed in The Vera Price Collection (2012.25.3). It confirms that Alice does not have the listed medical conditions, nor any reason why she cannot work. The translation is certified as true to the original with a stamp and signature, from Katowice, Poland on 13 September 1938. The document is stamped by the British Vice-Consulate in Katowice and contains written reference to the translator’s credentials as the Sworn Translator of the Court of Appeal of Katowice. Alice was 14 years younger than her sister, Vera’s mother, Suse. Alice secured passage to England along with her mother, Vera’s maternal grandmother, Doris as the family began to seek refuge from the Nazi persecution of Jewish people. They were already living in England by the time Vera’s family had secured their passage out of Poland. The family were granted Australian visas, and in July 1939 Vera’s father left for England to arrange a stopover in England during the family’s travel to Australia. Two weeks after her father had left, Vera, her mother and sister joined him in London having flown to Britain. Some of their goods were already in the process of being shipped to Australia, however due to the outbreak of the Second World War the family are unable to continue their journey on to Australia. The family all live in one room in Maida Vale for about a year and shared a bathroom with other families including her grandmother and Aunt Alice. Vera’s father was very ill with heart trouble, but got to know a German refugee living in the area who made salamis, and another who made chocolates. Ursel and Alice got hold of bicycles and cycled around selling the sausages and chocolates. They then moved to a house with Aunt Alice, and Vera’s grandmother. In 1941 Richard and Suse took over a small delicatessen in Finchley Road, helped by the rest of the family. Vera’s father did not recover his health, and died in 1942, aged 43. Ursel married an officer in the Polish Army and went on to run her own delicatessen in Willesden Green. Vera’s mother remarried in 1947 to a man who had himself come from Germany, and was now in the Pioneer Corps. Vera’s education remained important to her mother, and she went to an excellent grammar school before taking a modern languages secretarial course and later meeting her husband.