BORN DUSSELDORF, AUGUST 18, 1926. DIED LONDON, JULY 18, 2007, AGED 80.
ADEDICATED TEACHER and youth worker, Helène Bromnick inspired and prepared generations of school pupils for further education.
She was born Helène Kohn to a German-Jewish banker. Her Anglo-English mother’s father, Sir Leonard Franklin, was MP for Hackney. Her great-uncle, Viscount Samuel, was the first British High Commissioner for Palestine.
In 1932 the family moved to England, where Helène went to Cheltenham La- dies’ College and Oxford University. Her mother brought Jewish children over from Germany to stay in their large home. Qualifying as a teacher and social worker, Helène worked in the Bernard Baron Settlement in London’s East End.
She turned down a Fulbright Scholarship to the US to marry her settlement colleague, Myer Bromnick, in 1954 and moved to West Hampstead, starting her long career as history teacher at Hampstead Comprehensive School. Soon after, she became head of cheder at Belsize Square Synagogue. In 1976 the couple helped found Hampstead Reform Jewish Community.
She occasionally stood in as school departmental head but preferred the direct contact of teaching. She mentored hundreds of children and prepared them for university and especially Oxbridge entrance.
After official retirement at 60, she was reappointed annually until finally retiring at 73. She retired from Belsize Square religion school two years later.
Predeceased by her husband in 1991, she is survived by four daughters: Ruth, Miriam, Esther and Rachel.