Plucked from deepest rural Germany, after witnessing the horror of Kristallnacht and her family's eviction from its village, Ruth David was sent to England as part of the Kindertransport, one of the few routes to safety and survival for so many children who were to lose their parents in the Holocaust. But survival at what price? As a suspicious 'enemy alien' in England at the outbreak of war with little English and few friends, Ruth grew up in loneliness, under the brutal eye of two Viennese ladies who ran the refugee hostel for Austrian, German and Czechoslovak girls where she lived. Their quasi-Dickensian coldness only exacerbated the pain of loss and terrible insecurity that haunted Ruth over these years. As the months of war crawled by, the hostel she lived in gradually turned into an orphanage, as the news from the camps first trickled and then poured in - Rivesaltes, Gurs and Drancy, but also Buchenwald, Theresienstadt and Auschwitz - where Ruth parents perished in 1942. But Ruth survived - luckier than most - to rebuild her life as a teacher both in England and America. Here is the profoundly human story of a little girl caught in the vortex of one of history's great horrors.
Child of Our Time
A Young Girl's Flight from the Holocaust