Hans Blum

Born: Berlin, Germany, 2 July 1899

Profession in country of origin: Lawyer

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Berlin in 1939


Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee

Surname: Blum

Forename: Hans

Alias: -

Date and place of birth: 02/07/1899 in Berlin

Nationality: German

Police Regn. Cert. No.: 710 809

Home Office ref: C 215 

Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent

Normal occupation: Lawyer

Present occupation: 

Name and address of employer: -

Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A   Date 06.10.1939

Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes

Whether desires to be repatriated: No

Tribunal District: Richborough Camp Tribunal 2

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

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 transit camp, Hans Blum, 3rd June 1935
  • Kitchener camp, Hans Blum, 17 December 1938
  • Richborough transit camp reference, Hans Blum

Documents submitted with the kind permission of Ben Lachmann for his father-in-law, Hans Blum


Dr Hans Blum, the father of my late wife, was in Kitchener camp, in charge of leave.

His wife and daughter arrived in the UK just before the war and settled in Sandwich.

Later, he joined the Pioneer Corp and was posted to North Devon, where the family stayed during the war.

After the war, Hans was involved in restitution claims work; he died at the age of 70, following a stroke.

The Royal Pioneer Corps archives sent some interesting information about Hans Blum, as follows:

Hans was the fourth Kitchener man to enlist and served until 30 August 1940.

Before him were:

  • 13800000 Heinz Aron – DoB 14 July 1914
  • 13800001 Otto Bassell – DoB 16 March 19 13
  • 13800002 Kalmann Beutel – DoB 16 December 1903

They all joined up on 16 November 1939