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Kitty Ellman

Born:
1889
Died:
14 Tevet 5724 (30 December 1963)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
ELL1348
Other first name:
Kate
Other surname:
Kay
Gender:
Female

Birth

Date of birth:
1889
Place of birth:
Russia
Date arrived in Britain:
1999

Death

Date of death:
14 Tevet 5724 (30 December 1963)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Hendon
Cause of death:
Old-age

Places

Addresses

Haberdashery Shop:
2 Bisham Gardens (1927)
Home:
Fouberts Place
Home - birth of daughter:
Great Titchfield Street

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Girls' Club run by Honourable Lily Montague
Significance:
Very involved, starting in the war period
Name:
Deans Street School
Significance:
Sent her children to school there
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East End Residence

Family legend
The whole family lived in the West End from the time of their arrival
in 1899 through the First World War and beyond, living in and around
Oxford Circus and Regent Street.

Fanny's Schooling

Family legend
Kitty's daughter Fanny went to Deans Street School. She would have
been almost 8 when the First World War ended. The mug she received
was inscribed: "Peace. Victory with Honour, Freedom, Justice" and was
presented to her to commemorate the Peace Celebrations in 1919.

As a Child, emigrating to the UK

Family legend
She was the eldest of 6 children, and although she did not arrive in this country until she was 10 years of age, and seems to have had only
limited schooling, she spoke without a trace of an accent and was very bright.

Arranged Marriage

Family legend
She had a hard life, although that was not unusual for the time. Her marriage to my grand-father was an arranged one, unlike it seems any of her siblings. She lost the sight in one eye due to a detachment of the
retina before she was 50, and had very limited sight in the other eye. Nevertheless after my grand-father's death in November 1952, she continued to live independently in Highgate running her shop until ill health intervened when she was just over 70.

Religious Beliefs and Family Life

Family legend
Despite her orthodoxy she was an independent minded woman. So that her children and grand-children did not feel left out for the absence of Easter Eggs, she used to colour hard boiled eggs by boiling them in onion skins, adapting the process when Pesach intervened. Her wonderful kitchen in the basement of her home in Bisham Gardens, Highgate, was somewhere where the whole family gathered around a huge wooden table that was regularly scrubbed, and an oven range.

Family

Spouse

Abraham Krotchitsky (male)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Kay
Place of marriage:
London
Country of marriage:
UK

Children

Fanny Krotchitsky (female)
David Krotchitsky (male)
Hetty Krotchitsky (female)

Siblings

Debbie Ellman (female)
David Ellman (male)
Frances Ellman (female)
Bessie Ellman (female)
Minnie Ellman (female)

Parents

Father: Abraham Ellman (male)
Mother: Alice Ellman (female)

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Haberdashery Shop
Date started:
1927
Position:
Owner

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