Gerda Philipsborn (in India) handwritten letter to Lady Reading (London), February 27, 1941, OIOC records, L/P&J/8/68 (part 6), British Library.
Purandhar Parole Camp, Fort 27.II.41 Poona Distr. My dear Lady Reading, I sincerely hope these lines will find you & your family in good health! So many thanks for your dear letter which reached me here in the end of December. Since middle of October we had been waiting for the Advisory Committee about which Mr. Amery wrote to you then. They came in the middle of December & again the 2nd January. They said their report would show that most of the people here were harmless & should be recommended for release. I was told that my case was standing reasonably well, the former Chief Commissioner of Delhi, Mr. Jenkins, & the Educational Commissioner to the Govt., Mr. John Sargent, having supported my application. But by now, it is end of February already - only 6 people have left the Camp: one who had turned Catholic & some Bishop in London had guaranteed for him; 1 boy of 17, to go back to school; & 2 doctors & their wives for whom also some people from London guaranteed. We are all feeling rather desperate & hopeless because nobody seems to care what happens to us. About half of the Refugees in India are still free - only we people from Northern India & some from the South have been all interned about 8 months ago. People outside begin to ask what we have done & it will be very difficult to make them believe that our only fault is to be Refugees, having fled from Germany. As far as I know there hasn’t been a single case of a Jew here who has been proved to be politically unreliable. I know perfectly well that our personal fate is absolutely unimportant at present, that we have no reason to grumble, we who are here safe, well fed, & looked after remarkably well all the time. With all strength of my imagination I probably cannot imagine the ordeal you all have to undergo since many months - days & nights -, & the near future may be more difficult still. I need not tell you how deeply I admire you all for standing it so bravely - but I also envy you that you are allowed to face it. It is so terribly bitter to be not only excluded from helping, but also being suspected. I never imagined that something could be so hurting! I trust that you will do all in your power to help us out here to get free as soon as possible & speed up the matter which moves so terribly slowly. My very best wishes for you & your family. Yours very sincerely, Gerda Philipsborn P.S. My best regards to Wilfrid Israel. It is a very long time since I heard from him. Is he alright?