Leo’s arrival in England
Leo has reached his final destination, refuge in England. The journey was long, first via train to Holland and then by ferry to Harwich, England. Finally, the children made their way to Liverpool Street Station by train, where they were collected by their foster families or placed within group care.
In Leo’s previous diary entry he wondered if his new foster family would be nice to him. Similar to the other Kinder, Leo had no idea who or what would be waiting for him. In addition to this, the children then had to adapt to a whole new language, customs and way of life.
The Kinder came from a range of different social and economic backgrounds. Religion was also a factor, many Kinder had to adapt to being brought up in a Christian household. This was more difficult for those who were brought up in orthodox Jewish families where scripture was followed closely.
Each of the suitcases in the corner of the room represents a particular journey. The artefacts in the cabinets have been loaned or donated by child survivors of the Holocaust. Their extraordinary stories of survival are told through their testimony and their precious and rare personal belongings.