Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.179

Object: Photograph Album

Category: Dorothy Fleming; The Dorothy Fleming Collection; Life Before the Holocaust; Austria; Kindertransport; Refugees

Physical Description: Photograph album containing photographs. Fabric covered card cover. Inside pages black paper. Complete.

Information on Item: This photograph album and images forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. The album depicts Dorothy's parents, Hanna and Erich, on holiday in the early 1930s. 

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This photograph album forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. Dorothy Fleming was born Dora Oppenheimer in Vienna, Austria, and as a young child enjoyed family life with her parents and sister. The album is one part in a large collection of surviving photographs which depict Dorothy’s family life before the Holocaust. The album contains photographs taken by Dorothy’s parents, Hanna and Erich whilst they were on holiday, in 1933 and 1934. When her parents were away Dorothy went to children’s summer camps. The pictures were taken in Laurana, Trogir, Split, and Dubrovnik in what was then Yugoslavia, now Croatia. Reflecting on the collection of photograph in 2015, Dorothy recalls loving and happy memories of her parents and of family life in Vienna. The family were in increasing danger from the rise of Nazism and the persecution of Jewish people. Facing this danger, and increasing anti-Jewish measures, Dorothy and her sister were sent by their parents to England on the Kindertransport in January 1939. Dorothy’s parents were later able to secure passage out of Vienna with the help of a friend in England, as Erich had been an optician in Vienna, he was able to secure a permit for similar work in Britain.