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AdminHistoryDr Josef Drucker was born at Sereth, Austria on 21 August 1898. He was an Austrian Jew who had trained as a barrister. He was married in 1928 to Minnie [? Elizabeth] and they had a daughter called Ali. They were forced to flee Austria and came to England in 1939. Josef Drucker was interned on the Isle of Man and whilst there Minnie, who had been a housekeeper at Manton rectory, suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to Herrison Hospital in January 1941. When released Josef moved to Dorchester and lived for some time with the Ritsons. Between 1944 and 1947 he worked for Dorset County Council. Minnie died of tuberculosis at Herrison in September 1947. Josef then returned to Austria but because of the harsh economic conditions returned to England in 1948. He eventually decided to establish a business as a wholesaler in ladies and children's underwear in Harrow and the Ritsons loaned him a large sum of money. The venture failed, Drucker became bankrupt and died soon after in February 1959.
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