BORN BERLIN MARCH 24 1923. DIED BOWDON, CHESHIRE, JANUARY 16 2016, AGED 92
THE SOLE survivor of his family, who were all murdered in the Holocaust, Martin Weil – (Meir ben Shmuel) – never forgot his parents, Sally and Harriet Weil, his two older sisters Hannah, and Felice, and a younger sister and brother Nettie and Sigfield. Having reached Britain as a Kindertransport child, he constantly pined for them with a sense of guilt that he had managed to escape and they had not.
Weil arrived in Southampton on April 23 1939, bearing his Kindertransport Child number 4352, He was 16 years old, and left, as he always maintained, against the wishes of his father who won the Iron Cross during the First World War and wanted to keep the family together.
Although under radically different circumstances, Weil was following in the footsteps of an illustrious background of rabbis and community lead-
The Kindertransport document which brought 16 year old Weil to Britain ers, one of whom was the first Chief Rabbi of England Rabbi Nathan Adler.
Having studied engineeringat Berlin’s Ort school, he was apprenticed to Birmingham’s Jewish-owned mechan- ical engineering firm Midland Gauge & Tool and quickly worked his way up to the top of his profession, working
Martin Weil: good friend to many