Barbara Ledermann was born into a upper class family being the oldest of two daughters in Germany's capital. her father was a successful lawyer.
After the Nazis came to power it was illegal for her father to have non Jewish clients so they moved to the Netherlands. in 1940 the Germans invaded the Netherlands
Two years after they invaded the Netherlands her boyfriend made false ids for her and the rest of her family he told her if she didn't leave they would be killed in the camps. after the camps were liberated they moved to america in 1947