Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.1.42

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 youngest siblings, Feodora and Michael. The photograph was taken during the Second World War at the request of Ruth, who by this time had been sent to England on the Kindertransport. Ruth had been sent in the face of increasing danger from Nazi persecution of Jewish people, to save her life. Ruth's parents did not feel able to send Feo and Michael as they were younger than their brothers and sisters. The pictures were taken in a shop, which was difficult as at that time as danger increased for Jewish people in Germany. They found a place to get the pictures taken in Mannheim, as Ruth was writing to her parents and asking for pictures of the family. This kind of photograph was new in Germany at the time, called polyphotos. Feo and Michael were deported to France along with their parents, Margarete and Moritz, in October 1940. Their parents arranged for the children to be sent into hiding, separately, from the camp. They remained apart in hiding in France throughout the Second World War, and survived the Holocaust. Margarete and Moritz were murdered during the Holocaust.