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Refugee industrialists in the Manchester region
Bill Williams

Berlin. In the summer of 1934 the firm of M. Wolfsky was thus set up in Dantzic Street, Manchester, under the management of Fritz Wolfsky and employing a young German-Jewish designer, Gusti Lewin, also from Berlin.25 Leopold Lindemann – his own factory, Leopold Lindemann and Gotthard Kessler AG, having been sequestered by the Nazis – arrived in Manchester in 1936 with his wife and son, Rolf. There, in February 1939 he used some of his Swiss capital to buy a 75% shareholding in the long-established but then ailing waterproof garment factory of Philip Frankenstein and

in ‘Jews and other foreigners’
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Manchester Jewry and refugees, 1933–1937
Bill Williams

city, marriage to the prominent and popular Liberal City Councillor, Sarah Frankenstein, his own leadership of the Liberal Party in north Manchester, political skill in mobilising and manipulating allies within the community, and dictatorial inclinations which few, if any, of the community’s lesser activists were prepared to challenge. According to his successor, Abraham Moss, he had deliberately confined his interests to the Jewish community, when he could have reached ‘the highest public honours’.5 In the political world of British Jewry he never sought more than

in ‘Jews and other foreigners’