Erich Silbermann

Born: Wurzburg, Germany, 8 February 1921

Profession in country of origin: Mechanic

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany on 6 June 1939


Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee  
Surname: Silbermann
Forename: Erich
Alias: -
Date and place of birth: 08/02/1921 in Wurzburg
Nationality: German
Police Regn. Cert. No.: 711 665
Home Office ref: C 961
Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent
Normal occupation: Mechanic
Present occupation:
Name and address of employer: -
Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A  
Date 13.10.1939
Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes
Whether desires to be repatriated: No

Source: National Archives, Home Office: Aliens Department: Internees Index, 1939-1947.

B. Non-transmigrants
Name of ship: Georgic
Steamship Line: Cunard White Star Limited
Names and descriptions of ALIEN passengers embarked at the port of Liverpool
Date of Departure: 18th March 1940
Where bound: New York

Contract ticket number: 127250
Port at which passengers have contracted to land: New York
Names of passengers: Silbermann, Erich
Class: 3rd
Ages of passengers - Adults of 12 years and upwards - Not accompanied by husband or wife - Males 19 
Children between 1 and 12: -
Infants: -
Last address in the UK: Kitchener Camp, Richborough, Kent
Profession, Occupation, or Calling of passengers: Mechanic
Country of last permanent residence: Foreign Countries
Country of Intended Future Residence: USA 
Country of which Citizen or Subject: Germany 

Source: National Archives: Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960.

Editor’s note: We are not allowed to reproduce National Archives (UK) images, but we are permitted to reproduce the material from them, as shown above.

Richborough camp, Erich Silbermann, Entry card
Kitchener camp, Erich Silbermann, Entry card.
Reproduced with the kind permission of World Jewish Relief.

Document submitted by Steven Silbermann, for his father, Erich Silbermann


My Father, Erich Silbermann, and his first cousin, Siegfried (Fred) Silbermann, went to Kitchener Camp in 1939.

They had lived until that time in München, Germany.  My Father, along with his father, Joseph Silbermann, were arrested during Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau. My Father was kept in Dachau for three weeks, his father for three months, and then they were released.

My Father and his cousin, Fred, were allowed to leave Germany to go to Kitchener Camp through the program arranged with the German government.

My Father was a machinist and machine builder in Germany. He was born in 1921 and had wanted to go to university to become an engineer. The anti-Jewish laws didn’t allow him to go to university, however, so he chose to become a machinist apprentice.

My Father told me the program at Kitchener Camp was for young German Jewish men. In exchange for working to rebuild the camp in preparation for the invasion of mainland Europe, these young men received room and board and a small stipend.

In 1940 my Father was granted a visa to America and he came to New York City. In 1943 he was drafted, and after basic training was shipped back to England in an Amphibious Engineering Army unit. They landed at Utah Beach with the initial landing at 6:30 a.m. on D-Day. He fought through France and Germany until the war’s end.

Erich returned home on New Year’s Day 1946 and married his fiancee, my Mother, on January 6, 1946.

Family history kindly submitted by Steven Silbermann, for his father, Erich Silbermann


Kitchener camp, Erich Silbermann, US army
Richborough camp, Erich Silbermann, US army
Richborough camp, Erich Silbermann, US army
Kitchener camp, Erich Silbermann, US army
Richborough camp, Erich Silbermann, Pesach Seder, Britain, April 1944
Kitchener camp, Erich Silbermann, Pesach Seder, Britain, April 1944 Erich is 3rd from the front in the right-most row

Photographs submitted by Steven Silbermann, for his father, Erich Silbermann

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