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Bear, a stuffed koala bear, with modern covering, carried by a German Jewish girl on a Kindertransport

Object | Accession Number: 2013.476.8 a-b

Stuffed koala bear named Bear, with cover knitted by Gisela in 2001, carried by Gisela Marx, 14, on a Kindertransport from Dulken, Germany, to Great Britain in August 1939. The Nazi regime, in power since 1933, persecuted the Jewish population. Leopold, a former diplomat and WWI veteran, and Erna, a member of a wealthy, landowning family, thought their status would protect them, but in 1939, they decided to send Gisela to safety. The friend paid to care for her never showed up, and she was sent to live with an Orthodox rabbi, and then to boarding school. In 1941, Gisela had to perform military service and she became a nurse. She worked in a children’s hospital in London. When it was bombed during the Blitz, she was transferred to an American military hospital in Surrey. The war ended when Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. Gisela’s parents were deported and killed in the Riga Ghetto in December 1941.

Date
1939 August  (use)
Geography
received : Germany
received : Dulken (Viersen, Germany)
Classification
Toys
Category
Stuffed animals
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of The George Washington University and the Estate of John P. Eden
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:05
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