She arrived in Leeds as a child refugee after fleeing Germany, months before the Second World War broke out.
Her distraught parents, who later died at Auschwitz, had bravely sent her and her younger sister off for a better life in Leeds, and never saw them again.
Now holocaust survivor Edith Goldberg, has died aged 85 after a battle against cancer.
She was amongst 10,000 mainly Jewish children who escaped Nazi persecution on the Kindertransport scheme.
As an 11-year-old, Edith - whose maiden name was Michel - arrived with sister Irmgard. Both found homes with Jewish families in Chapeltown, the Craskins and the Freemans, and they attended school at Cowper Street.
Mrs Goldberg, from Alwoodley, was well known across the city after giving inspiring talks in recent years to school pupils about her experience.
Her family were farmers and her childhood was carefree. She would often recall hay-making in the summer and tobogganing in the winter.
Kristallnacht was a trauma Edith never forgot. That night, the family heard loud knocking at the door in the early hours. The Gestapo took away her father and uncle while Edith sat on the stairs listening.
The men were taken to Dachau concentration camp and returned home later, never to speak about it.
Mrs Goldberg gave a talk to Garforth Academy in 2011, when she told the YEP: “I’ll never forget the day we left, It was May 17, 1939 and we were among the last to leave our village. We were upset but didn’t know then we wouldn’t see our parents again. However they must have known. It wasn’t until I became a parent, I realised how terrible it must have been for them and I never spoke to anyone about it until my granddaughter was born.
“As you get older you can speak about things because it is less raw. It’s important the new generation know what was happening, not thousands of miles away, but close by in Europe.”
Edith stayed with her adoptive family until her marriage in 1951. She leaves husband Jack, children Malcolm and Lynne and three grandchildren.
Now her inspirational story will be used in schools. “She was a remarkable, inspiring woman who leaves a wonderful legacy,” said Lilian Black, of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association.
A SURVIVOR’S LEGACY
Edith was one of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association’s greatest supporters.
She wanted to tell her story to children who were 11, the age she left home.
Edith was proud to participate in the association’s nationally acclaimed Heritage project, The Holocaust: Sustaining the Legacy.
The project trains the next generation of volunteer Holocaust educators, including her granddaughter Jodie. Edith and Jack ran Modern Food Stores, a traditional Jewish grocery and community hub.