Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.13

Object: Book

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

Physical Description: Hard back book, handwritten ink in inside cover. Complete. 

Information on Item: This book forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. The book was donated as part of a collection which illustrates Dorothy's family life before the Holocaust. 

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Further Information: 

This small German poetry book entitled Friedliche Welt (Peaceful World), was published in 1920. 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. The inside cover contains signatures and as a young girl Dorothy wrote her name in the book. 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.