Manele Spielmann

Born: Radlow, Poland, 21 August 1901

Profession in country of origin: Salesman (textiles)

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany, 31 May 1939


Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee
Surname: Spielmann
Forename: Manele
Alias: -
Date and place of birth: 31/08/1901 in Radlow, Poland
Nationality: Stateless
Police Regn. Cert. No.: 711568
Home Office ref: C915    S35096
Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent
Normal occupation: Salesman
Present occupation: 
Name and address of employer: -
Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A Date 12.10.1939
Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes
Whether desires to be repatriated: No

Hand-written notes: Interned Circular 21.06.1940 
Release authorised Category 3
Released 16.10.1940

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

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What follows is a file of information that Manele put together, which exemplifies how vulnerable to abuse people sadly become when they must throw themselves on the mercy others in the most of extreme of circumstances.

In this instance, we do not now what the outcomes of these events were, nor whether there is surviving family. With the permission of the family, we have redacted the name of the person who seems to have behaved very badly indeed towards Manele and his family. In their hour of need this man seems to have swindled them out of the money they needed for their guarantee.

Here, he is referred to as Mr W.


  • Richborough refugee camp, Manele Spielmann, Views of Aachen, en route to England, 1939
  • Kitchener camp, Manele Spielmann, With a friend called Katz, 1939
  • Kitchener camp, Manele Spielmann, With a friend called Katz, 1939
  • Kitchener camp, Manele Spielmann, 1939
  • Kitchener camp, Manele Spielmann, Photographs, Sandwich landlady, 1939
  • Richborough refugee camp, Manele Spielmann, Photographs, Katz, Sandwich landlady, 1939
  • Richborough transmigrant camp, Manele Spielmann, Debora and Elli at Whitstable, Kent, soon after settling near Kitchener camp
  • Kitchener camp, Manele Spielmann, Document, Drawing by daughter Elli Spielmann, Whitstable, Kent

Photographs submitted by the Faerber family for Manele Spielmann