The case of Alice Krudewig has come to public attention this week through her attempts to seek help from the authorities after her Enemy Alien husband was interned five months ago. Left with no means of income as a result, she appealed for financial support in order to feed her family. After first turning her request down, the authorities have now relented and will assist Mrs Krudewig, despite the status of her husband.
Jacob Krudewig, a German national, worked as a waiter at the St Brelade’s Bay Hotel. Earlier this year, he was forced to give up that job following concerns that enemy aliens in such positions may overhear sensitive information being discussed by hotel guests. An appeal to the Lieutenant Governor that he had no other way of earning a living failed, with the decision eventually being taken to intern Mr Krudewig in England.
Despite being born in the island, and have three Jersey-born daughters, the local authorities were initially reluctant to help Mrs Krudewig when she appealed. There was a belief that her husband had access to money through relatives in Germany, although this was later dismissed.
A/E/8/1 contains correspondence on the matter of preventing Mr Krudwig working as a waiter and whether to support Mrs Krudwig.