Pocket dictionary that opened new life chapter for Kindertransport girl

Posted on November 13, 2021

With its frayed leather cover and well-thumbed pages, it is an ordinary German-to-English dictionary.

But for one of the last Jewish children to flee Vienna after the Nazis took power, this was a vital tool for her new life in Britain. The book, on show in a new exhibition on the Kindertransport, belonged to Susanne Perl.

Born Susanne Spritzer, she carried it with a ticket onto the train that brought her safely out of Austria, before she found a temporary new home in Edinburgh.

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