Julie Weiss was born in Austria in 1911. She lived there until Nazi Germany invaded the country when she was 27 years old.
In 1938, she left Austria to travel to safety in London, where her brother Oswald lived.
Julie managed to make her way to London safely. She then moved to Leicester to escape the Blitz.
Julie’s solo journey from Austria to England would have required immense courage and an unwavering will to succeed
Julie lived in Leicester for several years before moving to Scotland, where she remained until her death in 1993.
These artefacts are displayed at The National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton, Nottinghamshire.
The Blitz is the name given to the German bombing campaign against the United Kingdom in 1940 and 1941, during the Second World War.
The Nazis planned the mass-deporation of European Jews to extermination camps in German-occupied Poland. The Jews were forced to gather at local sites, such as a synagogue or town square, and then crammed onto freight or passenger trains, with limited or no food or sanitary conditions. Journeys often lasted several days, and sometimes they took a few weeks. Many of those packed onto these trains died during the journey to the camps through starvation or overcrowding.