Ruby, Berenice & friends

Our family is from so many different places. The thing that is common is that we’re Jewish.

Ruby and her mother Berenice are part of a community of Jews who migrated to the UK from South Africa, but who are originally from Lithuania. Ruby is studying art history at Cambridge.

Ruby’s Grandmother, echoing the trauma and displacement of the Holocaust, would criticize Ruby when she wore black boots, saying they reminded her of the Gestapo.

For Ruby, London is home. Referencing the peripatetic and diasporic characteristic of Jewish experience, she said: ‘I feel a connection to South Africa. I feel everything would have been different, if it wasn’t such a dangerous place, if there (hadn’t been) such terrible apartheid, if it wasn’t so unequal.’

This project is part of the initiative ‘Stand Together and Go Virtual’, supported by the German Embassy London and the Goethe-Institut London.