Ralph, formerly known as Rolf Silberberg, was associated with the
Glasgow Jewish Institute Chess Club.
Ralph fled Berlin in the 1930s, becoming a student in Paris, before
ending up in Glasgow.
During the Second World War, he served in the British Forces,
where he was known as Private Ralph Michel.
He was granted British naturalisation in 1947.
He obtained a degree in pharmacy and owned a chemist shop, likely
FAITH Kitsunezaki’s great-grandmother Annie Ray worked as a
domestic servant to the Cushel family of Liverpool in the early-1900s.
Her daughter, Tilly, may have been a result of a relationship
with the son of the house, Lewis.
The Cushals were from Poland and were tailors.
In the 1911 census, Annie Ray was a housekeeper, married to Germany-born
Solly Goldberg, of 15 Brunswick Close, Halifax, with her daughter
Tilly Ray Goldberg
The census says that Tilly is the adopted daughter of Solly Goldberg.
Faith believes Solly died around 1918 in Yorkshire, aged 37.
Faith cannot find a marriage certificate for Solly and Annie.
Her grandfather, George Jackson, was born in 1911, but Faith can’t
find his or Tilly’s birth certificates.
Sometime after this, Annie used Jackson as her family name.
“I especially would like to know what it was like for immigrant
tailors in those days and was it common for Jewish men to take in
English unmarried mothers as house keepers?” Faith asked.
IAN McCracken is researching the Rent Strikes in Glasgow in
The sole surviving poster of an event is described as being “in
the possession of Lou Rosenberg, Glasgow”, according to Joseph Melling’s
“I am keen to trace Mr Rosenberg or discover who now has this
unique poster — and possibly other items about the Rent Strikes,”