Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.1.31

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 David's and her elder sister, Hannah and her half-brother, Werner. Ruth was part of a large family of seven children. Werner 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. Werner is pictured here with Hannah, the first child of Margarete and Moritz and their family pet, a German shepherd dog. Werner left Germany due to the increasing Nazi persecution of Jewish people and arrived in Argentina with the intention of providing means for the rest of his family to leave, he managed to gain work farming cattle, however he was not able to save the family. Ruth was born after Hannah, and both were sent to England to escape Nazi persecution. The pair came separately, with Ruth coming over as part of the Kindertransport. Having survived the Holocaust and the Second World War the children did not go back to Fränkisch-Crumbach, Germany, where their family home had been. Many family members including their parents, Margarete and Moritz, had been murdered in the Holocaust. Hannah went on to live in the United States after the end of the Second World War.