Wednesday 22nd July 8PM

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Don't worry if you missed it live, you can watch it here.

In Part 2 of the series, we present a battered brown suitcase, donated to us by Joan Salter MBE. Joan is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Born in Brussels on 15 February 1940 to Polish Jewish parents, she was three months old when Belgium was invaded by the Nazis. Her journey to safety and onwards to life after the war took dramatic twists and turns. 


The suitcase has a very important place in Joan's heart. It links to the identity of the person she once believed she was. And it is the only remaining link there is. Sadly, as Joan will tell you on Wednesday evening, it was a Case of Mistaken Identity.

Watch Joan's grippingly articulate account of this poignant, historically vital record of the Holocaust.


We are privileged to be custodians of the UK's largest collection of Holocaust artefacts - and it is still growing. Their value extends well beyond exhibition display. 

Artefacts memorialise and evidence the Holocaust. 

Artefacts combat Holocaust denial. 

Artefacts are powerful agents of truth.

This is why they feature not only in our galleries, but learning programmes and outreach. It is also why we handle each one with meticulous care: extensive research, provenance authentication and preservation.

To celebrate the re-opening of our exhibitions, we are delighted to announce a series of Wednesday evening livestreams entitled 'Matters of Artefact'. Each week we'll be looking at an individual artefact or group of artefacts in discussion with the people who donated them: our family of Holocaust survivors.

If you can't get to Nottinghamshire, let us present some of these objects to you online, with our family of Holocaust survivors telling you the fascinating stories behind them.