From November 2018 to March 2019, artist Tom Berry came into the Jewish Museum as our artist-in-residence for the 'Remembering the Kindertransport: 80 Years On' exhibition. Tom created a portrait based on his encounter with Bea Green, her son Paul Green, and the current refugee crisis. Bea was one of the Kinder featured in the exhibition.
The portrait has now been added to the Jewish Museum's collection. Read Tom's blog post below to learn about his meeting with Bea and the story behind the portrait:
Why is Moses the hero of the Passover story? His mother should be the hero!’ Year 3 student. In April we had our annual staff Passover celebrations/ training, and as the organiser I got to pick the theme! I chose to focus mainly on women, as there are an unusually large number of named women who do incredible things in the story of Passover.
In March it’s been more than 80 years since the first Kindertransport came to Britain. The Kindertransport was a rescue project from Great Britain to save the children from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940. They were able to save over 10 000 refugee children. In our collection we have some really special pieces linked to the Kindertransport.
On this day, 74 years ago, Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated by the American army. Buchenwald was established in Weimar, Germany in 1934 and was one of the largest work camps created.
In 2017 the Jewish Museum was approached for the loan of a special object in the collection: the toy truck that Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman made for his toddler son Barney from scraps of wood during the Second World War. It was going to be shown in a temporary exhibition entitled ‘Auschwitz. Not long ago. Nor far away’ in Madrid.