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Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.1.39

Object: Photographs

Physical Description: Photograph complete 

Information: This photograph forms part of the Ruth David Collection. It is from a collection of almost fifty photographs depicting Ruth's family over an extended period of time, from long before Ruth's birth in the late 1920s, through to the 1940s. Ruth's family were Jewish and lived in Germany.

Further Information

This is a photograph of Ruth David's maternal aunt, Liese. This photo was one of Liese's passport photographs which she took in anticipation of coming to England. In the face of increasing danger from Nazi persecution of Jewish people, Liese managed to secure passage to England on a domestic permit. This would save her life and she worked as a domestic servant in England for the duration of the Holocaust and the Second World War. Prior to her having to leave, Liese travelled around Germany as she was very interested in the topography of the country. Ruth remembers her aunt as having a love for Germany, and feeling a great sense of loss at being forced to leave. Prior to leaving Germany Liese had been a Kindergarten teacher, but this job was taken away from her soon after Adolf Hitler gained power as part of anti-Jewish measures brought in by the Nazi party. Ruth remembers her as a doting aunt, and she took many photos of her nieces and nephews. Despite her love for taking photographs, Ruth remembers her aunt Liese being camera shy, and often putting her hands in front of her face in pictures. 

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