Gerda Philipsborn (in India) to Lady Reading (London), September 5, 1940 (typed copy of original letter), OIOC records, L/P&J/8/68 (part 6), British Library.
Purandhar Parole Camp, 5.ix.40 Fort, Poona District. My dear Lady Reading, I sincerely hope these lines will meet you and your family in the best of health, in spite of the great trouble you all have to stand in England - day and night. For addition to all that, I also come to you today to ask for your help. I am, together with almost all Jewish refugees in India, taken to the Purandhar Camp and others to other camps. We all had offered our services to the Government to do what we can to help in the war against Hitler, but we have all been arrested. It is extremely hard for us that, after having left Germany under the greatest sufferings and difficulties, after having lost everything we owned and now having built up again a new life in this country - also under no small difficulties - we should be now - again - driven out from life and work, without any fault of ours. We are here many doctors, lawyers, teachers, &c. all people from good Jewish families. I need not tell you more - please do help as soon as possible - with all means at your disposal - to have us released soon. I am now in India since more than 7 years, as you know: the former Chief Commissioner of Delhi, Mr. Jenkins, knows me and my work quite well. Through our being arrested our reputation is suffering very badly and the restriction of liberty without any fault of ours is working as a terrible shock to all these honest people. My very best wishes for you and your family, and many thanks for any kind of help you could give. Yours sincerely, Gerda Philipsborn