THE STORY OF THE SQUARE

Kindertransport Memory Quilt Square

Quilt 1, Square 13

Artist: Esther R. Starobin

I was born in 1937 in Adelsheim, Germany, the last of five children. My parents sent my three sisters and me to England on the Kindertransport. My aunt, Johanna Lemberger, lived in England at the time and tried to arrange suitable places for each of us to live.  However, the Society of Friends made the arrangement for me to be sent to Thorpe, Norwich to live with Dorothy and Harry Harrison and their son, Alan.  My mother knew where I was and sent a letter to the Harrisons telling about me and thanking them for their care.

The Harrisons made me a part of their family from the beginning.  They belonged to a small, fundamentalist chapel.  The pastor and members of this chapel also included me in their activities and provided support to the Harrisons. Mr. Ramsey, the pastor, attempted to teach me Hebrew as I grew older.

My sisters and my aunt kept in contact with the Harrisons and me.  My sisters were frequent visitors to Thorpe where many happy times were experienced.  The Harrisons and I went to London a few times to visit my aunt and the sister who lived with her.

My parents were murdered in Auschwitz in August 1942.

In 1947, two of my sisters and I came to the United States.  At first we lived with an aunt and uncle.  When my third sister was demobilized from the ATS, she joined us in Washington, DC.  At this point, my brother, my three sisters and I were all in the same city for the first time since 1939.  After this I lived with my sisters who took care of me until I graduated from college.

The hearts with the intertwining threads on my square represent the love that three different sets of people bestowed upon me.

 

Esther R. Starobin

 

 

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