Hildegard Gertrud Salomon (Ainger)

Born:July 16 1917 In:  Guben Germany
Died:Dec 22 2014 (at age 97)In:  Enfield, Greater London, England

Immediate family

George Francis Ainger
Her husband
David George Ainger
Her son
<Private> Ainger (Whitehouse)
Her child
<Private> Ainger (Carter)
Her child
Fritz Salomon
Her father
Louise Flatow (Salomon)
Her mother

Source citations

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‘Incidentally, that first English winter in a cold English country house! I had never felt so cold in my life. My chilblains, I didn’t know what they were. I described what I’d got on my feet: ‘Chilblains, chilblains’, and they offered me a hot water bottle. In Germany, invalid old ladies had those, nobody else had hot water bottles, and I would start dressing to go to bed, and you had a jug of water to wash yourself with – that size – and deciding, which bits am I going to wash. You had a bath once a fortnight if you had the energy to pump the water, and then it would be fairly rusty.’ Hilde Ainger, née Salomon

‘Of course, au-pair jobs were totally against the law. You were only supposed to work if you had a labour permit, which you couldn’t get, and so if you had an au-pair job, you would say you came over as a student of the English language and therefore lived with an English family, who didn’t tell anybody how they exploited you. They could do what they liked, because you had no rights. I had a few au-pair jobs even without pocket money, you see, and no regular time off or anything. You were incredibly exploited.’ Hilde Ainger, née Salomon

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