Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.1.14

Object: Photographs

Category: Ruth David; Kindertransport; Life before the Holocaust; Germany.

Physical Description: Photograph complete 

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This photograph forms part of the Ruth David Collection. It is from a collection of almost fifty photographs depicting Ruth's family over an extended period of time, from long before Ruth's birth in the late 1920s, through to the 1940s. Ruth's family were Jewish and lived in Germany.

Further Information

This is a photograph of Ruth's eldest brother, Ernst. Ernst was the son of Ruth's father, Moritz, and his first wife Klara. Moritz had been left with three young children after Klara died due to a failed operation in the early ninteen twenties. Ruth's father remarried and wed Margarete, Ruth's mother. Ernst was the oldest son and so had intended to train for running their father's business, once it became clear that this was no longer possible due to Nazism he gained a visa to leave for the United States. Before he left Ernst had been arrested during the 1938 November Pogrom and taken to Buchenwald Concentration Camp, being released after two weeks on the condition that he leave the country for the United States within twenty-four hours. His American visa had been found on his arrest. Once America entered the Second World War Ernst joined the army and came to visit Ruth at Lake Windermere, England while he was serving in Europe. Ernst’s visit occured in 1944, by this time Ruth had come to England on the Kindertransport, which saved her life. Ruth remembers feeling overjoyed at this visit from her brother, who she had not seen since his release from Buchenwald in 1938. Ernst took part in the Battle of the Bulge, in Belgium, and survived the War.