Edith moved from Romania to be with Helmut in Dresden. They both studied as doctors but by 1938 he had left the country. He fled to the States as the Nazis tightened their grip. It was another year before Edith could escape and join him. As Jews they had to surrender any valuables, Edith left with only a few boxes and a simple day bed. She’d taken the day bed to an upholsterer friend. He created a secret cavity in it’s seat which she packed with the family silver. Chris now has his grandmother’s full set of cutlery.

27 May 2012