Judith Kerr OBE was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. She worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and author and illustrator of children’s books right up until her death in 2019.