Lina Renkazischock

Born: Munich, Germany, 14 January 1906

Profession in country of origin: Household Duties

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany in 1939


1939 Register 
Lena Renkazischok 14 Jan 1906 
Unemployed Refugee 
Schedule 249
Number 9
Lina’s entry in the 1939 Register – where she is listed as an ‘unemployed refugee’, living in Highbury Grove, Islington.
Lina’s entry in the 1939 Register – where she is listed as an ‘unemployed refugee’, living in Highbury Grove, Islington.

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: 44750
Port at which passengers have contracted to land: New York
Names of passengers: Renkazischo[c]k, Lina / Ellen / Ruth
Class: 3rd
Ages of passengers - Adults of 12 years and upwards - Accompanied by husband or wife - Males - / Females 34
Ages of passengers - Adults of 12 years and upwards - Not accompanied by husband or wife - Females -
Children between 1 and 12: 3 / 2
Infants: -
Last address in the United Kingdom: Kitchener Camp, Richborough
Profession, Occupation, or Calling of passengers: Household Duties / None / None
Country of last permanent residence: England
Country of Intended Future Residence: USA / USA / USA
Country of which Citizen or Subject: Stateless / Stateless / Stateless

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.


A Tribute To My Mother, Lina Renka, wife of Herman Renka (Renkazischok), resident of Kitchener camp, 1939 

My mother gave me life and she also saved my life. She was instrumental in getting my family out of Germany during Hitler’s reign. Her very strong disposition and determination enabled her to stand up to Nazi officers and plead for our visas. 

As we get older we tend to reflect on the things that have happened in one’s life, and thinking back on what my mother did for my father, my sister, and me makes me wish that I could thank her once again and give her a long loving hug. As her daughter, I wish that she never would have had to be put in a position to stare into the face of a Nazi officer and plead for her family’s safety. My mother was a remarkable woman who confronted danger during those terrible years, and with persistence she achieved what she set out to do. 

 She is sorely missed, and is forever in my heart and in my thoughts.

Ruth Silverman


Kitchener camp, Hermann Renkazischock, with Lina
Kitchener camp, Hermann Renkazischock, with Lina.
Submitted by Ruth Silverman for her parents

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