Czechoslovakian Jewish schoolchild in Czechoslovakia during German occupation, 3/1939-6/1939; emigrated on Kindertransport to GB, 6/1939; refugee in GB, 1939-1945
REEL 1 Recollections of background in Klatovy, 1930-1939: family origins and circumstances; sense of Jewish identity; education; lack of antisemitic experiences; father's patriotism; lack of awareness of political situation. Aspects of German occupation, 3/1939-6/1939: father's arrest; antisemitic remark by teacher; effects of occupation on her parent's professional work; parent's decision to send her on Kindertransport. Aspects of journey from Czechoslovakia to GB on Kindertransport, 6/1939: reaction to journey; leave taking in Prague; contact with relatives and friends in Germany and Holland.
REEL 2 Continues: sense of isolation on arrival at Liverpool Street Station, London. Recollections of period as refugee in GB, 1939-1945: short stay with Reverend Brown's family in Thorpe Morieux; effects of homesickness and receiving letters from parents; attitude to English food; collection by hosts the Faires; reasons for Faires choosing Vera; memories of Mr Faires; picking up English language; reaction to outbreak of Second World War, 9/1939; last letter from parents, 11/1941; evacuation of school to Stow-on-the-Wold; religious situation; checks on welfare by Czech Refugee Trust Fund.
REEL 3 Continues: story of summer holiday in Czech school in Wales; coping with separation from parents; learning of fate of parents, 1945; memories of VE Day; story of receiving parents wedding rings from Dutch friends. Recollections of emigration to Palestine: reasons for desire to learn about Judaism; gaining teaching experience; joining Jewish Youth Group; move to Palestine to live on kibbutz; marriage to Abraham Schaufeld; effects of husband's Holocaust experiences on family.
REEL 4 Continues: problems of teaching English in Palestine; story of first stillborn child in primitive conditions in Kfar Daniel Kibbutz; reasons for return to GB. Reflections on Holocaust experiences: husband's struggle to establish career; involvement in Kindertransport reunions; translating parent's letters; role of Nicolas Winton in organising Kindertransport; complexity of Kindertransport; effects of experience on her teaching career; visit to Czechoslovakia in 1976; question of compensation; importance of talking of Holocaust experience.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.