Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.188

Object: Blanket

Category: Bernard Grunberg; Kindertransport

Physical Description: Beige blanket with leaf pattern. Complete.

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This blanket forms part of the Bernard Grunberg Collection. It was sent over to England in a box packed and sent by Bernard's parents in June 1939, after he had come to England on the Kindertransport.  

Further Information:  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. Bernard was studying woodwork at a Jewish college in Berlin when the woodwork shop was destroyed by fire prior to the November Pogrom. 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. This blanket was one of two which were sent over to Bernard by his parents in a box of belongings they thought he might need. The box arrived in June 1939, and included clothes, blankets, and items such as bed sheets and pillowcases.