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Letter from a lady who discovered her Jewish family - an immigrants story:

July 30 2012

Hi Phil

These photos come from my collection. My father, David Pollock, was born in 1906, see the last picture of him with his older brother Harry. Their uncle was Albert Rose, see first photo, tailoring shop. It was bought by my grandfather and re-opened in the Commercial road as Pollock Tailors, where it remained until about1996. My grandmother emigrated from Riga when her father was murdered on a train in Germany about1885, while carrying diamonds back from Amsterdam or Antwerp to his shop in Riga. The 2nd photo is of her registration card as she never became naturalised. The 3rd photo is of my grandparents Abraham Pollock (originally Poliachek, from Belarus and Berthe Schulman, my grandmother). You can add these to your site if you wish.  Sadly, my father married 'out' and I was not made aware of my Jewish heritage until much later.  I have recently discovered my extended family in America where Abraham's brothers and sister travelled on to.

Regards, Valerie

Valerie's photos are below in the order described in her letter. 

Meanwhile, I replied to Valerie:

Hello Valerie,

Thank you so much for your fascinating letter and photos, which will be on my website shortly (its now on!).  It is good you have discovered your Jewish background, but also be proud of your non Jewish background the two make a great combination.

Bests from London,
Phil

David and Harry Pollack Albert Rose tailors, Commercial Road, later Pollock Tailors where it traded until 1996

David and Harry Pollack

Albert Rose tailors, Commercial Road, later Pollock Tailors where it traded until 1996

Valerie's grandmother Bertha's British registration document

Valerie's grandmother Bertha's British registration document

Valerie's grandmother and grandfather: Abraham Pollock (originally  Poliachek) from Belarus, and his wife Bertha Pollock, born Berthe Schulman

Valerie's grandmother and grandfather: Abraham Pollock (originally  Poliachek) from Belarus, and his wife Bertha Pollock, born Berthe Schulman

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