Werner Hirsch

Werner Hirsch – born in Dortmund, Germany, 9 March 1907

Profession in country of origin: Manager at textile company Mendelsohn & Kugelman in Oschersleben, Bode

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany on 16 May 1939


Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee  
Surname: Hirsch
Forename: Werner 
Alias: - 
Date and place of birth: 09/03/1907 in Dortmund
Nationality: German 
Police Regn. Cert. No.: 711 356 
Home Office ref: C 384   
Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent 
Normal occupation: Clerk
Present occupation: 
Name and address of employer: - 
Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9a   
Date 11.10.1939 
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.


Werner Joseph Hirsch was born in March 1907, in Dortmund, Germany.

Werner worked as Manager for textile company Mendelsohn & Kugelman in Oschersleben, Bode, until 8 October 1938.

He then moved to work at GUBI (a Jewish-owned department store) in Lüneburg, until he was arrested on 10th November 1938. Werner was deported and imprisoned in Sachsenhausen until 9th January 1939. GUBI was destroyed during the November ’38 events, along with the town’s only other remaining Jewish-owned store – a shoe shop.

Werner managed to gain a place in Kitchener camp in England and arrived in Dover on 16 May 1939. When war was declared a few months later, he joined the Pioneer Corps and served with the British Army.

Presumably around 1943, Werner changed his name to Warner Hurst. He was discharged on the grounds of ill health on 10th April 1944, when he contracted tuberculosis.

Submitted by Harry Hurst, for his father, Werner Hirsch


Werner Hirsch, Kitchener camp, 1939
Werner Hirsch, Kitchener camp, 1939

Harry notes, “The man with the pipe, above, is Alexander Guhrauer. I knew him as ‘Uncle’ Alec, and he and his wife Hella were best friends of my parents. They had no children and were always wonderful to me. But, I never knew the connection” – until now.

Werner Hirsch, Kitchener camp, 1939
Werner Hirsch, Kitchener camp, 1939
Kitchener camp, Werner Hirsch, 1939
Kitchener camp, Werner Hirsch, 1939