A Place of Greater Safety
When Otto Schiff, German born financer helped thousands of Jews escape persecution by the Nazis, his own home – 14 Netherhall Gardens – in north London became a place of refuge. The date when the house was completed, 1888, is emblazoned in the intricate brickwork, but there’s no plaque (blue or otherwise) to celebrate the part it played in saving the lives of so many refugees.
At his death in 1952, Schiff left a bequest that established the property at Netherhall Gardens (known as Otto Schiff House) as a trust and care home for victims of Nazi persecution. The property was sold in 2010, with the care home incorporated into a Jewish Care campus a few miles away in Golders Green. Now the developer Paul Godfrey, founder of Godfrey London, has transformed Schiff’s home into 14 flats priced at up to £5m, split between the original house and an adjacent newly built pavilion (known as Otto Schiff Mansion). Amid the luxury, he is determined to commemorate a local hero’s life and the role of this former place of sanctuary.
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