Ellen's Object

This doll belonged to Ellen when she was a child, and it was one of the few items that she took with her to England on the Kindertransport.

Ellen was 17 years old when she took the doll with her on the train to England. It might have reminded her of happy times with her family during her childhood.
Dolls head

It has cracks on its ceramic face, stains on its cloth body and is very fragile. The condition of the doll is a sign of its own journey and Ellen’s love. It may have provided comfort to Ellen as she was forced to flee and travel to England without her family.

"I brought the doll with me to England when I came over on the Kindertransport. It does not have a name, but it has been with me ever since."

These three pieces of silver cutlery are from a set that was owned by Ellen’s family in Germany. The cutlery was sent to America to be housed with relatives for safekeeping. Ellen’s parents hoped that an affidavit would arrive from family members residing in the US to ensure the family’s safe passage to America. It wasn’t processed in time and the family were unable to escape. After the war, the items were retrieved from America.

These, along with the other artefacts, were donated to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum during Ellen’s lifetime.

A selection of family photos. Ellen says: "My father liked pictures of us for his birthday present. So once a year we had to be taken to the photographer!"
Each carries an 'H'
for Herrmann on its handle.

This cutlery is engraved with the letter ‘H’ for Herrmann. The cutlery is embossed with the number 800 with a crescent and a crown meaning it is real silver. The Herrmann family owned a successful business in Königsberg and were upstanding members of the Jewish community. Ellen remembered being laughed at when she came to the UK because the table manners were different.

This tablecloth was given to Ellen by her mother, who had embroidered it. It was Ellen’s favourite.

The tablecloth was sent, along with the cutlery, for safekeeping in America. After the war, the item was retrieved from America.

We always used to have a big embroidered cloth on the table. She used to sit for hours and hours to make it.

Ellen recalling how her mother made the cloth.


Οι Ναζί σχεδίαζαν τη μαζική εκτόπιση των Ευρωπαίων Εβραίων σε στρατόπεδα εξόντωσης στην κατεχόμενη από τους Γερμανούς Πολωνία. Οι Εβραίοι αναγκάστηκαν να συγκεντρωθούν σε κεντρικά σημεία, όπως σε μια συναγωγή ή στην πλατεία της πόλης, και στη συνέχεια στριμώχνονταν σε εμπορευματικά ή επιβατικά τρένα, με περιορισμένες ή καθόλου συνθήκες τροφής ή υγιεινής. Τα ταξίδια συχνά διαρκούσαν αρκετές ημέρες ή και ορισμένες φορές μερικές εβδομάδες. Πολλοί από αυτούς που στριμώχνονταν σε αυτά τα τρένα πέθαναν κατά τη διάρκεια του ταξιδιού προς τους καταυλισμούς λόγω της πείνας ή του συνωστισμού.