Anna Loewenthal

Private, Auxiliary Territorial Service
Service number: W/57556
Died 19 Aug 1943
Buried Bristol Jewish Cemetery, United Kingdom
Age 22

Anna was born on 25 June 1921 in Bielefield, Germany to Paul, an architect, and Selma nee Schönfeld and she had two younger sisters Kaethe (Karen) and Lise. The youngest girls were sent a month after Kristallnacht, in December 1938, by their parents on the Kindertransport to England and Anne followed separately with the Youth Aliyah movement. Their parents were taken to the Riga ghetto in December 1941 and Paul died a year later; their mother stayed in the ghetto until it was destroyed in 1944 and later died at Stutthoff Concentration Camp.

Anna worked as an apprentice dressmaker before she enlisted and was based in Ilfracombe, Devon whilst serving in the A.T.S. Anna suffered from anaemia and was admitted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where she underwent an operation to remove her spleen on 14 August 1943. Sadly, she died five days later from an intra-peritoneal haemorrhage.

Courtesy Hope Williams