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Leo Schifrin – any news or information would be welcome please. — 7 Comments

  1. Yes your Grandpa was on the Dunera,

    The two links below will take you to his internment records in the National Archives of Australia.



    My late Father was also on the Dunera and was in the same Camp (Camp 8 at Hay) from September 1940 to May 1941.

    Your Grandpa left Australia to return to England in July 1942.

    Hope this is of interest… if you have any further questions please let me know and I will try to help.

    Alan Morgenroth

    • Dear Alan and Mike,

      I can’t thank you enough for this. These records are of enormous value and interest to me. I am currently in the process of writing my university historical dissertation on my grandpa’s wartime experience as a micro-history. I can now be certain that he was deported on the Dunera, was interned at Hay, and even of specifics such as his camp number and dates. This really is invaluable to my research and my family history.

      Warmest regards from London,

      Mark Robins

      • Hello Mark – I’m REALLY pleased this has helped! Thank you Alan for your tenacity and interest in following this one up!

        Bye for now and good luck with your dissertation…let us know how you get on..!

        Make & save

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  3. Dear Mark,

    Glad to be of use! I have been researching the Dunera Affair for 5 or 6 years now so I have a good knowledge of where to find information. If you would like any further help please email me on a.morgenroth@hotmail.com
    I see you live in London so the UK National Archives at Kew maybe worth a visit.
    I can also advise on some of the best reference books on the subject.

    Best wishes


  4. Dear Mark,
    I suppose every piece of information is important! I am not sure if you have the seen the extract from the London Gazette Dated 22 March 1949 which lists people who were naturalised.

    Schifrin, Leo ; Germany ; Trainee Manager (Tailor) ;
    33, Linthorpe Road, London, N.16.
    14 February,

    Unlike many others. It would apprear he chose to keep his original name!
    It is possible you are already aware of naturalisation entry? You can obtain a copy from Kew.

    Alan (another one!)

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