John (hans) Goldmeier, 1928-2002: Material Including Relating To Stoatley Rough School, Haslemere
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- Ref No: Z/635
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: (1900-2002)
- Format: Archives
- Description: The records relate to the life of Hans (John) Goldmeier. They include correspondence with the Mayor of Guildford's Fund for German Refugees which assisted with the funding of his schooling at Stoatley Rough; copies of his school reports at Stoatley Rough; correspondence with Dr Hilde Lion (Stoatley Rough founder and headteacher); newsletters and photographs of 'Stoatley Roughians' reunions.
- Admin History: Hans Goldmeier was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 20 July 1928. In April 1939, he and his brother Rolf were sent to England where a cousin had arranged for the brothers to be cared for by a Jewish family in Sunderland. Later that year, Hans's parents, Isidor and Erna, were also able to come to England and settled in London where Erna worked as a nursemaid. On the outbreak of war, Hans and Rolf were evacuated to Bellerby, a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, where they lived with the Scotts, a farming family.
In April 1941, Isidor died of a heart attack. Erna secured work in Guildford and successfully applied for a place at Stoatley Rough School for her younger son, Hans, so that he could be nearer to her. The older son, Rolf, attended an ORT (Jewish education and vocational training) school in Leeds. Hans stayed at Stoatley Rough until he passed his School Certificate (matriculation) in 1944. The family (Erna, Rolf and Hans) then emigrated to the United States in 1945. Hans (now John) became a social worker, spending most of his career at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He married Dorothy Fried in 1961 and they had three children. John died on 14 May 2002.
- Extent: 1 CD
- Level: Collection
- Related Material: For papers relating to the closure of Stoatley Rough school and its subsequent lease to the Ockenden Venture, 1959-1964, see 7155/5/13/1. For correspondence with Dr Margot Kogut regarding reunion of former Stoatley Rough pupils and plaque unveiling, 1990-1992, see 7155/5/13/10. For commemorative items relating to Stoatley Rough, including newsletter, 2000, and DVD of reunion, 2004, see Z/560/-. The records of Stoatley Rough School, 1923-2000, are held at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Portugal Street, London.
- Access Status: Open. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the records, a Request for Access to Restricted Documents form 10 must be signed prior to access. Permission to reproduce the images must be obtained from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Provenance: A CD of digital images of the collection was presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in December 2014. The collection was donated to the museum by Karen Goldmeier Green in 2012.
- Bibliography: Hans F Loeser, 'Hans's story' (2007)
Barbara Wolfenden, 'Little Holocaust Survivors; and the English school that saved them' (2008).
- Arrangement: The images are arranged in subject folders on the CD.
- For more information contact: Surrey History Centre Collections Catalogue
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