Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.78.7

Object: Photograph

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

Physical Description: Photograph; complete.

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This photograph forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. The picture shows Dorothy standing with her mother, Hanna. The photograph was taken in 1947.

Further Information

This photograph forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. The picture was taken in 1947, and shows Dorothy on the left and her mother, Hanna, in Cardiff, Wales. Dorothy was born Dora Oppenheimer in Vienna, Austria, and as a young child enjoyed family life. Because the family were in increasing danger from the rise of Nazism and persecution of Jewish people, Dorothy and her little sister, Lisi, were sent by their parents to England on the Kindertransport in January 1939. The girls travelled alone as their parents were not able to leave Austria at that time. Dorothy’s father, who had been an optician in Vienna, was later able to secure a permit to come to Britain through the help of a friend. On arrival in England Dorothy and Lisi were temporarily cared for by a foster family in Leeds. As the Second World War broke out and some British cities were evacuated, Lisi moved several times in the next few years, and Dorothy later stayed with an aunt and uncle in Cardiff. At the time of this photograph Dorothy was attending college, which she did between 1946 and 1948. The picture was taken when Dorothy was home from college, with mother and daughter standing in front of a car belogning to Dorothy's father, Erich.