THE STORY OF THE SQUARE
Quilt 3, Square 19
Artist: Lore Gotthelf Jacobs
I was born on April 17, 1924 in Frankfort am Main, and lived there until I went to England on the Kindertransport on July 7, 1939. It was a very sad and frightening time, and my parents gave me a lot of encouragement to face the unknown future. My parents hoped eventually to emigrate with me to the U.S.A.
Distant relatives of my father sponsored us, and a down payment was made to the Hapag shipping line, but our American quota number was high, and we had to wait for our turn. In the meantime, Kristallnacht occurred and the laws for living as Jews in Germany became more and more severe, and it became a desperate situation. Jews had to pay additional high taxes, their livelihoods were taken away, and Jewish schools were closed.
My father was taken for six weeks to the Dachau concentration camp and came home a broken man. It was a very scary time. My parents found private lessons for me and we all tried to learn English. This is how my father found the saying, which I copied, in his handwriting, on my square for the quilt.
My parents learned about the Kindertransport and I was very fortunate to have been sponsored by the Society of Friends of Northhampton (Quakers). I am very grateful that they saved my life.
My parents perished in the Litzmannstadt ghetto in 1942.
Lore Gotthelf Jacobs