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Houndstooth check cloth ankle boots worn by a young Jewish girl who escaped Germany on the Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2012.451.1 a-b

Brown and beige houndstooth cloth ankle boots owned by 2 year old Esther Rosenfeld who was sent on a June 1939 Kindertransport [Children's Transport] from Germany to Great Britain. Her older sisters, Bertl, Edith, and Ruth, had gone in March. Esther was placed with Dorothy and Harry Harrison and their son Alan in Norwich. Her foster father worked in a shoe factory and may have repaired these boots as Esther grew, as he did 2012.451.2, the other boots she brought from Germany. These childhood items were returned to Esther in 1964 by her foster brother as a gift from her foster mother who had kept them safe all these years. Hitler's assumption of power in 1933 resulted in increasingly harsh persecution of the Jewish populace in Germany. Esther's extended family got affidavits of support from relatives in the US, but because of the strict US quotas, they could not get visas. Esther had a maternal aunt Hannah (Johanna) who had worked in England since 1933 and she found people willing to give the sisters homes. Esther lived with the Harrison's until 1947 when she went to America with her sisters. Her parents Adolf and Katty were murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp and many other relatives perished during the Holocaust.

Date
1939  (received)
1964  (recovered)
Geography
received : Adelsheim (Germany)
use : Norwich (England)
Classification
Dress Accessories
Category
Footwear
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Rosenfeld Starobin
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:05
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