Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.1.36

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. The picture was taken in Fränkisch-Crumbach, Germany, in May 1938 when Ruth was nine years old. Ruth can remember the day, as it was the last day they were taking pictures together as a family. In the face of increasing danger from the Nazi persecution of Jewish people, the family began to try and secure safe passage out of Germany. Ruth's eldest brother, Werner, had secured a permit to travel to Argentina where it was intended that he might secure safe passage for the rest of the family. This was the last day Werner was together with the family before beginning his journey. The pictures were taken in a neighbour's garden which was not overlooked as the family did not wish to draw attention to their taking the pictures, as at that time the family were feeling threatened as life had become difficult and more dangerous for Jewish people in Germany. Werner was not able to secure passage for the family, and Ruth came to England on the Kindertransport, which saved her life. Their parents, Margarete and Moritz, were murdered during the Holocaust.