Accession Number: NEKHC:2011.79

Object: Tablecloth

Category: Refugee; Arrival in England; Lingfield House;  Theresienstadt; Life after the Holocaust.

Physical Description:  White tablecloth, embroidered with coloured thread. Complete.

Information on Item:  This tablecloth forms part of the Lingfield House Collection. It was embroidered by the children of Lingfield House with their names, and activities which they undertook at the house.

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This big tablecloth was produced by the children at Lingfield House, who first drew on the cloth and then embroidered over the drawings. Lingfield House was run by Alice Goldberger and a small team of adults. It provided a home for orphaned child survivors of the Holocaust, who had been liberated from Nazi camps. Alice was herself a refugee, and endeavoured with the other adults to provide the children with pets and activities designed to help them recover and adapt after their experiences in the camps. The cloth shows the children’s pets, the fruit trees in the grounds, and the centre shows the children performing the traditional Jewish dance 'The Hora'. As Zdenka Husserl was proving talented at needlework, she embroidered much of the cloth, including her name and her pet chickens and chicks.