Accession Number: NEKHC:2011.81

Object: Photographs

Category: Kindertransport; Bernard Grunberg,

Physical Description: Photograph; complete

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Photograph of Bernard Grunberg taken in his back garden in Lingen, Germany in 1928.


This photograph is part of the Bernard Grunberg collection. Bernard Grunberg was born in 1923 in Lingen, Germany. He lived with his parents and sister. As a boy Bernard experienced anti-Semitic bullying following the rise of Nazism which forced him to leave school. When he was 15 years old, Bernard came over to England on the Kindertransport and spent time in arriving children's camps before becoming a farm hand. Bernard later married and has been a prominent speaker at the NHCM. Bernard's father, mother and sister were all murdered by the Nazi regime. The photo shows Bernard sitting on a BMW car at his home in Lingen, at the end of the 1920s. Bernard was a young boy at the time but remembers taking journeys in the car, which belonged to his father. He can remember the car’s arrival and going for trips during the school holidays. The roof was canvas and could be rolled back. The car was confiscated by the Nazi regime, along with the family home and other possessions. The last time Bernard remembers using the car was to visit his aunt and uncle in Holland over a summer break. The photo came to Britain in an album which Bernard’s mother packed into a trunk which his parents shipped across for him, after his arrival in England on the Kindertransport.