Emily Erskine, an Austrian émigré arrived in the UK with her brother Henry Ezriel before the outbreak of WW2.
She was a qualified nurse and Henry was a consultant psychiatrist. Neither married or had children.
Emily inherited Henry’s estate when he died in 1985. She made a Will in 1994 leaving her entire estate to the British Friends of the Hebrew University and when she died in 2001 aged 98 her estate had grown to £2.6 million. Her gift has been designated for physics research or research into mathematics enabling numerous students and researchers to benefit from her generosity. In their case, fleeing persecution and losing family led them to give back to the world in a most positive manner.