Frank Auerbach was born during a very volatile time in Germany’s history. With the help of British writer, Iris Origo, Auerbach was sent to Britain at the age of seven to avoid persecution by the Nazi regime. The method by which Auerbach was sent to Britain is disputed as some say it was via the Kindertransport, which was an organized rescue effort, while Auerbach himself states that he was sent to Britain via a private arrangement. Auerbach’s parents tragically died in a concentration camp so whatever the means, moving to Britain was fortunate. Auerbach became a naturalized citizen of Britain since 1947.