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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWolff, Mrs Helga
Ref No8SUF/B/169
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 34
Date31 Aug 1977
Extent89:41 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 3 Hemstal Road, London NW6 2AB. Interviewee was an employee of Eleanor Rathbone. Also see other interviews related to Eleanor Rathbone [8SUF/B/128, 8SUF/B/137, 8SUF/B/140, 8SUF/B/169].

Interview summary:
How she first met Eleanor Rathbone, via Erna Nelki [see interview with Nelki: What Eleanor Rathbone looked like on first meeting, in 1941. Elizabeth Macadam's management of the domestic side made single-mindedness possible. Eleanor shrewd in the areas she understood, but surprisingly gullible elsewhere. Importance of discretion in a secretary dealing with Eleanor's refugee work. How Eleanor helped to get government aid, via contacts with R A Butler, for her to train as a teacher. How Eleanor's secretarial arrangements were organised in the early 1940s. How the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees gradually broadened its functions. Exiguous funds, lack of staff, pressure of work. Eleanor's help to Mrs W even after leaving Eleanor's employment, e.g. over naturalisation. Mrs Schaerli's filing system in the refugee office.
Related Record8SUF/B/128
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 63
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