This collection contains the personal papers of Eva Mills and her mother Gertrude Najmann. Eva was sent to England on a Kindertransport in 1938 whilst her parents fled Germany separately aiming to reach Palestine. Eva's father, Jankiel Najmann, managed to get to Haifa in 1944 after spending several months at Ferramonti di Tarsia internment camp in Italy. Her mother, Gertrude Najmann, became a prisoner at Semlin concentration camp in Yugoslavia. She survived and was released in May 1942. Gertrude was unable to leave Yugoslavia until the end of the Second World War when she joined her husband in Haifa.
Included are different versions of Gertrude Najmann's memoirs entitled 'Journey to Palestine' ('Reise nach Palästina'); semi-biographical account of the life, escape and misery of a Yugoslavian Jewish boy during the Nazi regime entitled 'Lost youth' ('Verlorene Jugend') by Gertrude Najmann; correspondence with Jewish writer Otto Zarek regarding the publication of 'Lost youth'; family correspondence; restitution claim paper and exhibition catalogues relating to the work of Eva Mills; recording of an interview with Eva Mills and report regarding a project about Jews in Berlin-Treptow which includes the story of Eva Mills. Also included are photographs; obituaries and press cuttings concerning Otto Zarek (1898-1958); press cuttings regarding Nazi atrocities and a handbill.