Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.18

Object: Book

Category: Dorothy Fleming; The Dorothy Fleming Collection; Life Before the Holocaust; Austria; Kindertransport

Physical Description: Hardback book with red and black cardboard cover. Fabric covered spine. Complete.

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This book forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. The book belonged to Dorothy's parents, Erich and Hanna, and was donated as part of a collection of books which illustrate Dorothy's family life before the Holocaust.

Further Information

This book, Die Haare der Heiligen Fringilla und Andere Geschichten [The Hair of the Holy Fringilla and Other Stories] was written by Otto Julius Bierbaum, and published in 1906. The book forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection, and is one of a collection of books donated by Dorothy as an illustration of her family life before the Holocaust. Dorothy Fleming was born Dora Oppenheimer in Vienna, Austria. Reflecting on her early life Dorothy recalls good memories of her childhood in Vienna, where she lived with her parents, sister, and paternal grandmother. Dorothy recalls that there were a lot of visitors to the family home and rather than taking confectionary or flowers when visiting or being visited, people would often bring books as a gift. As the family were in increasing danger from the rise of Nazism and the persecution of Jewish people, Dorothy and her sister were sent by their parents to England on the Kindertransport in January 1939. Hanna and Erich, Dorothy’s parents, were able to secure passage to Britain as Erich had been an optician in Vienna and was able to secure a related work permit through the help of a friend.