4th July 2017 – Today Otto Schiff House at 14 Netherhall Gardens received a special memorial plaque in its reception foyer to commemorate Otto Schiff CBE; an extraordinary man who lived and then worked in the property from the early 1920s. Otto Schiff was responsible for administering the emigration of tens of thousands of Jewish people from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia before the Holocaust.
In celebration of the plaque unveiling, David Rauch, Trustee of Wiener Library attended; alongside Rafi Cooper, Director of Communications at World Jewish Relief; Michael Newman, the Chief Executive of The Association of Jewish Refugees and Paul Godfrey, Managing Director of Godfrey London. Tal Orly, CEO of Cogress Ltd. also attended alongside Otto Schiff’s nephew Hugh Sassoon and great niece Julia Shelley.
The plaque, installed in the Otto Schiff House reception foyer, is a fitting reminder of the remarkable history of the mansion. The important charitable work of Otto Schiff is reflected in the guests attenting the unveiling, representing both the Anglo-Jewish community and the organisations Otto Schiff helped to found, which continue the work in aiding refugees.