This page is for photographs of objects brought out of Europe to Britain in 1939
If you are able to take photographs of objects your relative brought out of Germany, please also provide your relative’s full name and date of birth, and their place of birth if possible. Please do not send photographs of valuable items, for your own security. We are looking for images of ‘ordinary’ items – that are often extraordinary because of the context.
Sadly, many of the Jewish refugees had suitcases of items stolen from Kitchener, which were taken when they joined up with the Pioneer Corps – it was said by British Army soldiers, but I don’t know whether that is in fact the case. Has anyone any narratives from Kitchener relatives about this? They had to leave many of their personal and family belongings at the camp – many of which ‘went missing’, for whatever reason.
The men’s cases and trunks had often been carefully and lovingly packed by mothers and wives whom they would never see again.
These items would have been all that families believed they had managed to salvage, and in this context, even seemingly everyday items would have been immeasurably precious.
However, some things remained, and some examples are shown here.