Jewish Life before the Second World War

Learning outcomes

  • To explore a range of objects to investigate Ellen's life before World War 2.
  • To reflect on why artefacts are so important to survivors and our museum.

These objects have all been donated by Ellen Rawson.

Ellen Rawson at the National Holocaust Centre and MuseumEllen was born in Königsberg, East Prussia in 1922. Ellen, her two brothers and parents lived happily until Adolf Hitler came into power. When it became clear that Jewish people were being targeted by the Nazi government, and after the November Pogrom (also known as Kristallnacht), Ellen's parents organised for Ellen to come to England on the Kindertransport. Ellen and her brother Gert were the only survivors of the Ellen’s family.  

Please click on the following objects to discover what was important in Ellen's life before coming to Britain on the Kindertransport.


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