Jechil Hugo Modlinger

Born: Przemysl, Poland, 29 April 1910

Profession in country of origin: Physician

Arrived in Britain as a refugee in 1939


Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee

Surname: Modlinger
Forename: Jechil Hugo
Alias: -
Date and place of birth: 29/04/1910 in Przemysl
Nationality: Stateless
Police Regn. Cert. No.: 712 730
Home Office ref: C 3368 
Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent
Normal occupation: Physician
Present occupation: 
Name and address of employer: -
Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A   Date 19.10.1939
Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes [Crossed out in red]
Whether desires to be repatriated: No

[Added later 2/10   A.5]

Tribunal District: Richborough Camp Tribunal 3

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

B. Non-transmigrants
Name of ship: Samaria
Steamship Line: Cunard White Star Limited
Names and descriptions of ALIEN passengers embarked at the port of Liverpool
Date of Departure: 22nd May 1940
Where bound: New York

Contract ticket number: 44667
Port at which passengers have contracted to land: New York
Names of passengers: Modlinger, Jeckiel H
Class: 3rd
Ages of passengers - Adults of 12 years and upwards - Not accompanied by husband or wife - Males 30 
Children between 1 and 12: -
Infants: 11/12
Last address in the UK: 18 Queens Gate, London NW7
Profession, Occupation, or Calling of passengers: Physician
Country of last permanent residence: Foreign Countries
Country of Intended Future Residence: USA 
Country of which Citizen or Subject: Stateless 

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

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My father in law, Dr Hugo Modlinger was a resident at Kitchener Camp. He was living with his wife, Celia, in Vienna, at the time of the Anschluss. My mother-in-law received a number for visa for transit to the USA. She and her family were formerly residents of Odessa, Russia, and they were considered Russian nationals. My father-in-law came to Vienna from Poland when he was six years of age, and he was considered a Polish national. I have a letter from the US State Department to my father-in-law stating that he will never be permitted to enter the US because there are thousands of Poles trying to get US visas. My mother-in-law and her family emigrated to the US and my father-in-law was still seeking a place of rescue.  

As is common, my in-laws rarely spoke about Europe. They did say that my in-laws were separated and my father-in-law was at a camp in Sandwich, England, for six months before he was able to get a visa from the US. I have a letter written in Hebrew by an attorney to someone in Palestine, trying to arrange transport for my father-in-law to Palestine, apparently to no avail.  

Doing research on the internet and from some sources I found on this website, I learned how my father-in-law arrived in England, thanks to the Council of Jews. My father-in-law apparently traveled to Camp Kitchener with his cousin, Leopold Modlinger, whose name is on your registry. Hugo Modlinger’s name is not on the 1939 Registry.

It seems my father-in-law worked tirelessly to get a US visa during his time at Kitchener. I am sure it was only because he was a physician that he was allowed to emigrate. He had to send recommendations from his professors in Vienna, report cards from school, recommendations from the hospital he trained at in Vienna, his medical school diploma. He also needed a sponsor in the US and this was problematic  because his relatives in the US did not earn enough money and they were declined as sponsors. A cousin in NY arranged for the owner of the factory he worked at to sponsor Hugo, and this person was accepted as a sponsor.

Hugo had to do training at a hospital in Brooklyn to get his license. He and settled in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and later bought a house in East Flatbush. They had three sons, who all became doctors. Celia and Hugo are both deceased, as is their youngest son. They are survived by two sons and ten grandchildren.

Hugo’s cousin, Leopold, married in England and had two children – a son and daughter. Leopold had a beauty salon.

I have photos of  Hugo at Camp Kitchener, which I will send to this site. I am very grateful for this website, which has been so helpful in informing my family about the circumstances of Hugo before coming to the USA.

Kindly submitted by April Modlinger for Hugo Modlinger