Accession Number: NEKHC:2013.11.84

Object: Photograph

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

Physical Description: 

Information on Item: This photograph forms part of the Ellen Rawson Collection. It is from an album which contained one hundred photographs of Ellen's family enjoying activities such as swimming and holidaying, before the Holocaust.

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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 parents, an aunt and two uncles. Ellen's mother, Margarete, is sitting on the front row on the right hand side and her father, Hans, is in the middle. Both of the men standing behind the bench are brothers of Ellen's mother, the younger one called Herbert is on the right, and the older brother, James, is on the left. The lady sitting on the left hand side of the bench is the wife of James, and Ellen's aunt Franca. The picture was taken during a family holiday. 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.