Oral History collection: Ellen Davies (originally Wertheim) (born in Germany, 1929) interviewed by Peter Hall. DVD entitled ‘Kerry’s Story’ by Ellen Davies, telling her story of her departure from Germany on the kindertransport during the Second World War and her life following her arrival in Swansea.

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      GB 216 D/D Z 717/21
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[00:00:01] Personal Details: Ellen Davies, b 1929, Germany (Wertheim, original name). [00:00:25] Nazi Germany: Anti-Semitism, post 1933. [00:02:17] Nazi Germany: Fear of SS. [00:02:47] Nazi Germany: Education system, discrimination. [00:03:34] Nazi Germany: Expropriation from Jews. [00:04:02] Nazi Germany: Attempts to emigrate to Argentina. [00:06:27] Nazi Germany: Subject's father often in concentration camps. [00:06:42] Nazi Germany: Dachau: CO a gambler, won bets on subject's father's physical prowess. [00:07:35] Nazi Germany: Gestapo theft of family jewellery, violence. [00:08:22] Nazi Germany: Eviction from house by Gestapo. [00:09:59] Nazi Germany: Family hidden by Germans. [00:10:15] Nazi Germany: Subject's mother sent to "Camp for Destitutes". [00:10:38] Nazi Germany: Variety of persecuted groups; camp conditions. [00:11:28] Nazi Germany: Jewish orphanage, Kassel. [00:12:06] Nazi Germany: Orphanage life. [00:13:30] Nazi Germany: Luck of being a blonde, blue-eyed Jew. [00:14:10] Nazi Germany: Hitler Youth attacks and thefts. [00:15:31] Nazi Germany: Gestapo beatings of children. [00:16:30] Nazi Germany: World's immigration quotas. [00:16:50] Kinder Transports: Jewish orphans to UK 1938-39. [00:17:33] Jewish Immigration: Swansea adoption, arrival. [00:17:47] Nazi Germany: Memories of leaving family and Germany. [00:19:27] Jewish Immigration: Sense of release from fear. [00:19:44] Jewish Immigration: Experiences of travel, and fruit. [00:20:37] Jewish Immigration: Processing in London. [00:21:59] Jewish Immigration: Civic Reception in Swansea. [00:22:58] Adaption: Initiation into British life and food - "burnt bread". [00:24:03] Holocaust: Subject informed of family's death, 1941[?], Latvia. [00:27:10] Holocaust: Memorial Service, Riga, sense of closure. [00:30:20] Anti-Semitism: Never experienced in Swansea. [00:30:00] Anti-Semitism: Experiences of younger generation in Swansea