Harry Watts, Lilli Tauber's friend and benefactor of Jewish emigrant children in England

Harry Watts, Lilli Tauber's friend and benefactor of Jewish emigrant children in England
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    United Kingdom
    Country name today:
    United Kingdom

This is a picture of Mr. Harry Watts, my friend and a great benefactor of us, emigrant children, in England. The photo was taken in England in the 1940s.

I arrived in England with a Kindertransport in 1939. I didn't speak a single word of English. Three children of our convoy were dropped off at the train station in London and taken into a hostel from there. The hostel belonged to the Bnei Brit lodge, and there were mainly children from Germany there, so everyone just spoke German.

Mr. Harry Watts was Jewish and the owner of a barber shop in London. We all called him Uncle Harry. He was always there for us, emigrant children, and took care of us in a really touching way. He was a member of the Bnei Brit lodge. He took us on trips and I especially remember a trip to Brighton, a seaside resort. I wrote a letter to my parents in which I described in minute detail what I had seen, what the sea was like and where we stopped for a break. Uncle Harry bought clothes for us because we quickly grew out of our old clothes, and he also gave us pocket-money. Once he came with a truck and brought us all new boots. We all loved him dearly.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lilli Tauber
Interviewer:
Tanja Eckstein
Month of interview:
Juli
Year of interview:
2003
Vienna, Austria

KEY PERSON

Harry Watts

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