Ice Skates Accession Number: NEKHC:2012.37.1-2 Object: Skates Category: Steven Frank; childhood Physical Description: Wood, complete items; slight (inactive) fray on cloth bindings. Image Use: Use of images owned by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum is governed by our Terms and Conditions. Information: The National Holocaust Centre and Museum takes all reasonable measures to ensure we are not infringing on the rights of others. If you are the owner of the copyright or related rights in any of the material from our collections on this website, or you believe that the material may be subject to a third party ownership or another legal claim, and you believe its use infringes your intellectual property or any other rights, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org We endeavour to resolve objections in a timely manner, and will withdraw affected materials from the website until the matter is resolved. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and will be used only in connection with this enquiry. The cloth bindings on the skates were directly tied to a shoe or boot. The skates form part of the Steven Frank collection. Further Information This pair of skates form part of the Steven Frank Collection. They belonged to Steven and his brothers when they were young children in Holland. Steven remembers learning to Skate on the canals in Holland, which freeze over in the winter. The Frank family would go skating on the weekends, where they would meet friends and neighbours, or skate to the local café where they would get treats like hot chocolate. Steven remembers learning to skate as a very young child, recalling that children were taught by taking an old chair onto the ice, holding onto the chair and learning to move your feet around. While today skates are often attached to special skating boots, Steven used these with ordinary shoes, and they would be tied onto the bottom. Steven Frank "I have many happy memories of skating on the canals in Amsterdam, and I was always warned never skate under a bridge, of course that is where the ice was thin (laughs)"