My mother, Margit Goodman, who has died aged 95, came to Britain just before the second world war, after which she served as a social worker and Citizens Advice Bureau manager in north London for three decades.

Born in Mariánské Lázně, Czechoslovakia, into a middle-class Jewish family, Margit was the daughter of Irma (nee Pisinger) and Julius Freudenberg, who ran a grocery business. After the German occupation of her country, she was sent to Britain on one of Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport trains in June 1939, and spent the second world war working in Glasgow hospitals. When she was prevented – as a foreigner – from qualifying as a nurse, she moved to work at a factory in Hertfordshire.

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