The Jewish Museum

Jewish Britain

A History in 50 Objects


The Objects

An issue of The Stepnian, the Stepney Jewish Lads’ Club magazine, containing club news and activities, as well as poems and letters

Magazine for the Stepney Jewish Lads’ Club

Banner for the Jews’ Hospital and Orphan Asylum, later becoming Norwood, which provided residential care for Jewish orphans from the 1860s to the 1960s

Jews’ Hospital and Orphan Asylum banner

Modernist style doll’s house made by Malcolm Libling, the son of an East End furniture maker, for his daughter Thelma

Thelma's doll's house

Photograph album documenting the life of the Solomons family in Hackney during the 1930s.

Photograph album belonging to the Solomons family

Doll belonging to Edith Rothschild, which she carried when she came to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939

Doll brought on the Kindertransport

Identity tag worn by 17-year-old Margit Freudenbergova when she made her journey from Prague to Britain in 1939 in order to flee Nazi persecution

Luggage label for Margit Freudenbergova

Card to Mr and Mrs Bond, the Dovercourt Bay Holiday Camp manager and his wife, made and signed by young Jewish refugees from Germany who stayed at the camp upon arrival in Britain

Thank you card

Truck made in the early 1940s by Leon Greenman for his son Barney. Soon after, Leon and his family were deported to Auschwitz.

Toy truck belonging to Barney Greenman

Issue of Ours, a fortnightly journal which was produced by the Jews’ Free School. This handwritten copy dates from 1886 and includes humorous and satirical essays, sketches, songs, and a chess column.

Jews’ Free School journal

An issue of Primrose Leaves magazine produced by the Primrose Jewish Youth Club, founded in 1946 by young survivors of the Holocaust who settled in Britain after the war

Primrose Leaves magazine