16 February 1933
Program for the guest performance in Kassel by the Hellerau-Laxenburg dance group
Illa Fackenheim worked in a blueprint factory in Kassel until she lost her job in 1934 because of her Jewish background. Wanting to study modern dance, she moved to Berlin, where she met Erich Wolfsfeld (1884–1956), a painter, graphic artist and professor at the United State Schools of Fine and Applied Arts. The two married in 1935.
In 1936 Wolfsfeld lost his position as a professor – also because he was Jewish. Illa repeatedly attempted to persuade him to emigrate to safety abroad, but all her efforts were in vain. In 1938 she went to England alone. There she obtained a visa for Wolfsfeld and in 1939, shortly before the war, he, too, succeeded in emigrating to England.