Jewish Legacy Week: My Story

May 17, 2016


After a long and varied life, Vera Banasch didn’t forget her favourite charities.

Vera Banasch was born in Germany on 30 August 1917. She emigrated to England just before the outbreak of the Second World War, carrying a passport bearing the swastika. Initially she worked as a domestic servant and lived in Bury near Manchester with a non Jewish family who treated her very kindly.

After serving in the British Army’s Army Training Estate Division, she moved to the south coast and worked for many years for Guardian Royal Exchange Insurance Company. She never married and worked diligently throughout her working life, supplementing her income with a pension from the German government.

She was very astute, accumulating her wealth through frugality and saving. She loved walking and spent many happy times by the sea – her life was the fresh sea air. She was extremely upset to leave Hove after 50 years, but in 2010 she moved to Leeds to be near her cousins. Vera lived in the Jewish residential home, Donisthorpe Hall, where she died peacefully on 15 April 2014 at the age of 96.

She will be sadly missed by her cousins and by the charities she supported. Her sizable estate will be divided between UJIA, Donisthorpe Hall and four other Jewish charities.

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