Originally Posted by Sreiko
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After a relatively brief period of detention in an internment camp on the Isle of Man they moved into a flat in Golders Green, a London suburb with a large Jewish population. The family owning the flat were highly observant, Orthodox Jews and as such at completely the opposite end of the religious spectrum to the Beckhardts. [The last time my grandfather entered a synagogue was when he married my grandmother in the mid 1920s]. The reason why the Beckhardts were able to live there was because Fritz had smuggled several members of the family over the border to Belgium when they were being sought by the Gestapo in the mid 1930s. Since he had by that action most likely saved their lives, allowing them to live in the flat was repayment of a debt of gratitude.
The reason why I mentioned this incident is that although the official reason for my grandfather's original arrest, imprisonment and subsequent concentration camp detention was that he had committed the Nazi crime of Rassenschade or “race defilement”; according to my late mother, [FBs daughter], the real reason was retribution for his role in enabling Jews sought by the German authorities to escape the country.
Thus although he undoubtedly did have a long term and indeed quite public relationship with an “Aryan” woman in contravention to the1936 Nuremburg Laws; in practice the local nazi hierarchy had largely "turned a blind eye" to the situation, presumably on account of his WW1 record. It was only when his clandestine, people-smuggling activities came to the attention of the central, Berlin authorities that punitive action was taken against him leading to his arrest.