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Obituary: Helga Frankel

Helga Frankel, a researcher in the Reuters library in London in the 1950s, died in Honolulu on 7 March, after four months in a nursing home.

Frankel, who also worked at Time magazine in New York, married Charles “Chuck” Frankel, an editor who translated the file into North American-friendly usage on the Reuters Nordesk from 1956 to 1958. He died in November 2012 at age 84.

Born in Berlin in 1924, she emigrated to Britain with her family in 1935 after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. During World War II she was evacuated away from her parents and subject to rationing, which marked her for life, said her son, David Kimo Frankel.

“We still have the wool blankets that she was going to make into a coat because such coats were rationed,” he said. “My mother loved saving money, but she also loved to travel, socialise, declare truths and offer biting commentary. She loved England, Scotch, politics, ‘high’ culture and my father,” he added. ■