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Male doll made after liberation in Bergen-Belsen camp (EPH 10141)

1945

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums
London, United Kingdom

At Bergen-Belsen camp, as survivors regained their strength, some attended occupational therapy sessions organised by Jewish relief organisations. This doll was made by a survivor and given to Gwyn Edmond Jones, one of the British soldiers who had liberated the camp

Details

  • Title: Male doll made after liberation in Bergen-Belsen camp (EPH 10141)
  • Date: 1945
  • Physical description: Rag doll of male concentration camp prisoner. Clothing is made from real prisoner's clothing.
  • Historical description: Given to donor's step-grandfather, Gwyn Jones (British soldier) by former prisoners after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. Details of similar items made by liberated Belsen prisoners, and on occupational therapy at the camp in general, can be found in Letters from Belsen 1945: An Australian Nurse's Experiences with the Survivors of War by Muriel Knox Doherty, Judith Cornell, and R.Lynette Russell.
  • External link: View on Imperial War Museums' website
  • Associated place: Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Lower Saxony, Germany

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