Irene Baron was born in Munich, Germany to Dr. Herbert and Johanna (Reinemann) Jacobi on March 11, 1916. Before the war, she completed twelve years of schooling. During the war, she was trained in the Nursing Auxiliary in England. Although she was never incarcerated in a concentration camp, she was a refugee in England from 1939-40, lived in an internment camp on the Isle of Man from 1940-42, worked as an auxiliary nurse (England) from 1942-45, and lived in the Stepney Jewish Settlement from 1945-47.
Of her immediate family, a brother and sister survived while her mother, father and aunts perished in Auschwitz. Mrs. Baron came to St. Louis on March 30, 1947 because she had “nowhere else to go – brother lived here.” She married Kurt Baron and has two children.