Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.24

Object: Suitcase

Category: Ruth Barnett; Berlin, Germany; Shanghai, China; Kindertransport

Physical Description: Metal, wood, leather, and fabric case. Sticker peeling on side. Complete.

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This case was donated by Ruth Barnett.

Further Information

This suitcase was donated by Ruth Barnett. Ruth was born in Berlin in January 1935, her father was Jewish and her mother was not. Ruth's father managed to escape the increasing danger and Nazi persecution, by securing a place to leave for Shanghai, China. While Ruth's mother was not Jewish, she was an oppenent of the Nazi regime and was arrested protesting against measures to force non-Jewish people to divorce their Jewish husbands or wives. Ruth's mother went into hiding and remained so for the duration of the Second World War. To keep their children safe, Ruth and her brother were sent to England on the Kindertransport.