Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.14.1-16

Object: Poetry Cards

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

Physical Description: Collection of cards with poetry, contains colour illustrations. Complete.

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

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Further Information: 

This collection of poetry cards, Morike Gedichte, form 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. The cardboard case contains 15 individual cards, each with one of Morike's poems, some of which have illustrations and a decorative border. 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.