Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.88

Object: Towel

Category: Bob Norton; Refugee; Czechoslovakia; Britain

Physical Description:  White towel with the initials 'C.S' there is pink stitiching across the two bottom edges of the towel with a leaf pattern on either side. Towel was packed in family trunk prior to family coming to England as refugees. The trunk was sent to London ahead of arrival of family. 

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The towel has CS embroidered on it. It was packed into a big trunk which the family were able to bring over to England as they fled Nazi persecution in what was then Czechoslovakia.

Further Information: Bob Norton was born in 1932 in Teplitz Schönau, Czechoslovakia. The family lived in Teplitz during Bob’s early childhood. They kept the main Jewish holidays, but were not especially religious. Bob’s father was from Budapest, Hungary and retained his Hungarian citizenship which later helped them to get travel documents. Bob’s mother was from Czechoslovakia. Having first fled to Prague, the family fled again in 1939 to England with the original intention to move on to America. This towel belonged to Bob's mother and was brought to Britain in a large trunk which the family packed with as much as they could, prior to its being brought to Britain.