Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.1.179

Object: Photograph

Category: Refugee; Ellen Rawson; Kindertransport; Life before the Holocaust.

Physical Description: Photograph Complete

Information on Item: This photograph forms part of the Ellen Rawson Collection. It is from a collection of over 300 photographs of Ellen's family enjoying activities such as swimming and holidaying, before the Holocaust. This photograph shows Ellen's parents, Hans and Margarete

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Ellen was born in 1922 in Königsberg, East Prussia. The family lived there happily during Ellen’s early childhood. They kept many of the Jewish holidays, and religion was an important part of family life. This photograph shows Ellen's father, Hans, standing with his three children, from left to right; Ellen, Ellen's youngest brother Heinz, and Ellen's brother Gert. Ellen and Gert were very close as children, having both been born in the same year just 11 months apart. The family often holidayed on the beaches at what was then Swinemunde, which was Ellen's mother's place of birth. As the family were Jewish, their business and home was taken from them during the Holocaust. Ellen survived as she was sent away from the increasing persecution to England on the Kindertransport, her parents were murdered by the Nazi regime.