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Mrs Beate Sulzbach

Title: Mrs

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

Record type: Second World War Internees

Biography: 1 July 1940 arrived at Rushen Camp c/o Mallmore, Port St. Mary. - Date of Birth 3.9.1896 in Posen. - Profession Authoress - Address of last residence outside U.K. Berlin. - Married. - German passport 3038 London 22.8.39. - 20.5.38 Conditional landing Soton. - Conditions varied time to time & Cancelled Home Office 14.8.39. - 14.8.39 Permitted by Sec. of State to engage in profession as an authoress. - 25.10.69 Exempt internment & special restrictions. Metro. Tribunal 11. - Refugee from Nazi oppression. - 31.5.40 To be interned until further order. Regional Advisory Committee 5. 31.1.41 Leaving Isle of Man for The Priory, Steventon, Bucks. Registration number 667854 issued 1.6.38 at Bow Street. Died 1983.

Husband was Herbert Sulzbach also interned on the Island but released to join the Pioneer Corps as Captain Herbert Sulzbach O.B.E. served with the German Army 1914-1918 and british army 1941-1948. After the war Herbert Sulzbach worked for the German Embassy in London he died in 1985. Author of Memoirs With the German Guns, Fifty Months on the Western Front, 1914-1918 published in 1935.

in 1935, his own wartime diaries were published under the title of 'Zwei lebende Mauern' (Two Living Walls). The book received enthusiastic reviews, even from Nazi newspapers and journals-whose editors must surely have been unaware that the author came from a Jewish family and therefore a supposed and proclaimed enemy of the German race. Two years after his book was published, Herbert Sulzbach had to leave Germany. Nazi persecution of the Jews was already under way, and it would have been dangerous, even suicidal, for him to have stayed on...

He had to leave, and he chose to go to Britain. One reason-in spite of having fought for four years against the British, he had an admiration and even a feeling of affection for them and their country. And, a more mundane consideration, he had built up a firm in a Berlin suburb, making fancy paper for box coverings and book bindings and doing a busy trade with Britain. A Branch of the firm was opened in Slough, offering at least a chance of a living.
In 1938 he returned to Berlin to fetch his wife Beate, niece of Prof Otto Klemperer, the great conductor, and her sister-a highly risky undertaking. At Bremerhaven, where he landed, he had to stand waiting while a passport official checked his name against the list held below desk-level, but found nothing. He brought the two women, both Jewish, safely to Britain but to a life which was to be far from easy. First, the Slough branch of his firm failed. He was deprived of his German nationality by Nazi decree, thus becoming stateless, and was unable to recover assets left in Germany. Then, with the outbreak of the Second World War, he became, technically, an enemy alien. He and his wife had to leave their home in North London and were interned on the Isle of Man-in spite of his having volunteered for service in the British Army. Life on the Isle of Man, with Nazis and anti-Nazis gathered in together, must have been nightmarish. Perhaps the only fortunate circumstances was that neither Herbert nor Beate was in their home when it was flattened by a Luftwaffe bomb during a raid in November, 1940... from http://www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_germanguns.htm

Occupation / profession: authoress

Nationality: German

Gender: Female

Date of birth: 03 September 1896

Place of birth: Posen

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