Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.24

Object: Card

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

Physical Description: Card with crayon handwriting; paper with handwritten ink inside. Loop of string holds paper in place. Complete.

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This card forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. The card was made by Dorothy, who was born Dora, for her mother, Hanna. 

Further Information

This Mother's Day card belongs to the Dorothy Fleming Collection. Dorothy was born Dora Oppenheimer in Vienna, Austria, and as a young child enjoyed family life with her parents and sister. This card was made by Dorothy for her mother, Hanna. Re-reading the card in 2016, Dorothy translates its message as: "For Mother’s Day, 15th of May. Mother. For your love, your care, for your great tenderness, for you on this golden morning. My heart is filled with gratitude. Dora." Dorothy and Hanna had a good relationship and enjoyed activites such as ice skating and playing musical instruments together during Dorothy's childhood in Vienna. 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 was able to secure passage to England along with Erich, Dorothy’s father, who had been an optician in Vienna and was able to secure a related work permit to come to England through the help of a friend.