Lvov, Poland

Berlin, Germany

Doris (Heymann) Nissen

Doris (Dotie) Heymann was born in Berlin in 1921 to Benno and Gertrude. A younger sister Eva completed their family. They lived on Kurfurstendamm Str. Benno was a dentist and high-ranking officer in the German Army. Gertrude was a nurse and sang in the choir of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Church on Kurfurstendamm Str. Doris studied art. The family fled after Krystallnacht. They left all they had behind them. I never asked if Benno locked the door. After arriving in Australia early 1939, Benno died of a heart attack. Doris went off to work folding socks in a factory and never painted again. Doris married Harry Nissen and had two children. Doris was passionate about Aboriginal art and culture to the end of her days.