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Miss Irene Rischowski

Title: Miss

Epithet: Rushen Camp internee, Isle of Man (1940 - 1941)

Record type: Second World War Internees

Biography: Internee number 2871.

30 May 1940 arrived at Rushen Camp c/o Golf Links Hotel, Port Erin. (deleted) Replaced by Baycliffe. - Date of Birth 1.8.1899 in Breslau. - Profession Secretary. - Address of last residence outside U.K. 1A, Zealinger Str., Berlin. - Single. - German Passport No. 161.RZ/34/34 Berlin 23.2.1934. - Conditional landing at Harwich 21st June 1936, 12 months. - Conditions varied time to time to 21.6.40 Home Office 25.7.39. - Exempt Internment and special Restrictions. Art 6A. only. - Refugee from Nazi oppression. - Police Permit for the purpose of proceeding to Douglas to come before the Home Office Advisory Committee, at the Court House. Dated Monday 17th February 1941. 9.45 a.m. (Box IOMC Movement Permits) - Police Permit to proceed out of Rushen Internment Camp under escort for the purpose of appearing before the Home Office Advisory Committee at the Court House, Douglas, on Wednesday 26th March 1941, at 9.45 a.m. (Box IOMC Movement Permits) - 31.10.41 leaving deleted. - 4.11.41 Leaving Isle of Man for 3-6, North Wood Hill, Hornsey Lane, London, N6. Registration number 590827 issued 25.6.1936 at Hurst Green, Sussex. AKAL 58/2.

Rushen Camp, c/o Golf Links Hotel. A year later she was transferred to the Baycliff Hotel. - Of Jewish decent but not a practising Jew. - She started the Golf Links Hotel Choir. - She taught French and Technical drawing in the camp school for the children and eventually took over the administration of the camp school. - Divorced. - Released in November 41. - From an interview Ira Rischowski gave and recorded by the Imperial War Museum. Accession No. 004296/09. - "Some people were very depressed. I daresay we were all rather depressed to begin with. But obviously the lovely weather helped a great deal. And the fact that we managed to get somehow busy (sic). And the knitting helped a great deal." - From Wire and Wool issue 2 March 2005 - "Washing up was my big opportunity. I volunteered in the very first day, and several others volunteered to dry. And I always sing when I do menial work, so I sang and my drier uppers joined me and that's how we started the choir at the Golf Links Hotel". Quote from "Wire and Wool" Newsletter Issue 4 dated 4 May 2005 (sic). - "At my hotel, for instance, we started immediately with French classes, and this Belgian woman was quite willing to teach a group. And that took part inside the Hotel. Soon a number of people offered their services in all sorts of classes outside the hotel. I took Spanish and French classes. There were lectures on all sorts of topics, and there were more practical things, dressmaking and so on. I remember sewing a very, very beautiful dress for myself under the directions of Friedel Myer. - Her youngest (10 years old) daughter was allowed to spend her summer holidays with her mother in the second year of her internment.- She taught basic arithmetic such as how to measure a room for buying carpets or wallpapers. Her lessons went down well and were well attended. - From We Built up Our Lives B115/59. - An engineer. - A socialist exile and a leading figure in the life of the camp. - Her daughter Harriet Karthauser in camp with her. - From Politics and Culture in Twentieth-Century Germany. B115/76.

Occupation / profession: secretary

Nationality: German

Gender: Female

Date of birth: 01 August 1899

Place of birth: Breslau


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