29 September 1933
Final report card issued to Luba Mirskin by the Hohenzollern High School for Girls
When Luba Mirskin received this final report card in late September 1933, she was nineteen years old. She left the girls’ high school she had been attending while final exams were still underway “to go to England,” as a note on the card explains. In fact, many months would pass before she and her family finally departed from Berlin.
Contrary to what the Mirskins told the school, their real destination was not Great Britain, but Palestine. In 1934 Hirsch Mirskin traveled there to arrange immigration for his family. However, he died suddenly of a stroke and Luba and her sister, Helena, never saw their father again. The two girls and their mother were left on their own in Berlin and it took them several months to wrap up their affairs and move to Jerusalem. The older sister, Helena, soon established a family of her own in this strange new home. Luba became a freelance photographer and later married Stephan Baumblatt, who had also emigrated from Germany.
Hohenzollern High School for Girls
Final report card.
daughter of the merchant Hirsch in Berlin,
born on 20 May 1914 in Lodz,
has belonged to class O l b for 7½ years, since Easter 1933.
As a result of the conference resolution on __ 19__, she was advanced
to class __ and is leaving the school to go to England.
Conduct: [no entry]
Attentiveness: [no entry]
Religion: – [no entry]
Physics: – [no entry]
Chemistry: – [no entry]
Needlework: – [no entry]
Latin: – [no entry]
Writing, stenography: – [no entry]
Greek: – [no entry]
Singing, music: satisfactory / partly unsatisfactory
Gymnastics, sports: satisfactory
Arithmetic, mathematics: good
Natural history, biology: satisfactory
Grades: 1 = very good; 2 = good; 3 = satisfactory; 4 = poor; 5 = unsatisfactory
Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 29 September 1933.
(signed by the director and class teacher)