As our deposit with the refugee committee is now exhausted we are finding life very hard. I’m looking for work; I know it is absolutely necessary as it is impossible to live on the weekly £2 that we are drawing from the Assistance Board.  If we hadn’t an English family who is more than kind and good to us I would not be able to manage it as I do.

n.d. 20.4.1941

I have written to the committee thanking them for their help. ‘I shall always find something to do to make our life going with your help. But I shall not be able without it. It is a terrible situation however, it is and I cannot see any possibility to manage it differently. I can only hope that the day will come when I shall not have to bother you anymore.’



I have begun giving one or two private language classes. They are not arranged weekly, but they are helping to alleviate our troubles.


The girls’ are progressing very well at school, in English. They have gone through hell themselves. It would be incredible if such experiences had not left traces in their minds.

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