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Handmade storybook by a German Jewish girl rescued by the Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2012.454.4

Illustrated story book "The Lost Ones," made by Franziska (Ruth) Danzig who, at age 6, was sent by her parents, Gerda and Emanuel, from Munich, Germany, to London, England, in June 1939, on the Kindertransport [Children’s Transport]. After Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933, the Jewish population was actively persecuted. During Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938, the family’s apartment was searched by the Gestapo. In spring 1939, Ruth’s cousin, Bianca, was sent on a Kindertransport to stay with a Jewish foster family in London. Ruth’s parents found a Jewish foster family, the Pasternacks, and Ruth was sent to stay with them. After Great Britain declared war on Germany that September, evacuation plans were made in case of aerial bombing by Germany. Ruth and Bianca were sent to Windsor, where from fall 1939 until fall 1944, Ruth was boarded with several different host families. Ruth’s mother had a younger sister, Flora, in the United States and, in November 1944, Ruth was sent to live with her. Ruth's parents and other family members were deported from Munich in 1942 to ghettos and concentration camps where they perished.

emigration:  1939 June
Children's art
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Steven Frank
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:33
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