Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.25

Object: Doll

Category: Kindertransport; Germany; The Philanthropin School and Sports; Anti-Jewish Measures; The Nazi Regime; Sigmar Berenzweig

Physical Description: Child's wooden male doll clothed in grey skull cap. Beige shirt, brown sleeveless jumper, light grey striped torusers and felt shoes. One of a set of two.

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This doll belonged to a child who came over to England on the Kindertransport. Whilst packing for this journey, the doll was included in the suitcase along with the 'Son' doll (NEKHC: 2009.24).

Further Information

This doll was brought to England by Sigmar Berenzweig. Sigmar was born in 1931 and as a small child was sent to England on the Kindertransport, amid increasing Nazi persecution. Before coming to England Sigmar had attended the Primary School Philanthropin in Frankfurt am Main, where he had also been a member of the Sports Association. The children coming to England on the Kindertransport were permitted to bring one case with them, which they must be able to carry themselves. Sigmar managed to bring this doll which is one of two, this is the 'father' doll, and the 'son' doll is also housed in our musum (NEKHC:2009.24).