Under Newborn Stars
At 18 years old I was forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1938. Leaving with my parents and younger brother we emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand. The 5 images selected here are some of my favourite shots taken whilst wandering the beaches and streets of Auckland. Having fled a cold and metropolitan Berlin in the 1930s and emigrating to a tropical Polynesian paradise such as Auckland, I used my beloved Rolleiflex camera to connect and understand my new home, and to find my sense of self in a place on the other side of the world amidst the turmoil of war.
Over the last 3 years, I have been going through my 1500+ photographic collection with my granddaughter Roshannah. With the collection still in its original packaging and with handwritten notes, we’ve retraced names, details and stories. As I now go into my 101st year I’m ready to share the photographs with the world for the first time.
Whilst relocating to Europe in the sixties I reluctantly left my collection of largely of glass negatives within my family’s hands in New Zealand due to their fragility. 55 years later my granddaughter was able to retrieve the collection and brought it home to me in London. This collection of mostly unpublished photographs capture the faces, landscapes, architecture and lifestyles of interwar Berlin and mid-twentieth-century Auckland, New Zealand.