New Release EHRI Podcast | A Girl and a Teddy Bear

Norbert Vos and Mona Verhage and the Teddy Bear
Thursday, 10 November, 2022

Release date: 10 November 2022 More about the Podcast Series For the Living and the Dead. Traces of the Holocaust

In this episode we are presenting a story from Belgium, that of Norbert Vos, his family and his teddy bear. Norbert Vos was still a baby when on 10 May 1940 Germany invaded and occupied Belgium. The family was Jewish and the danger to them was imminent. After an attempt to flee, Norbert’s mother, Lea, found herself alone with her baby boy; her parents and husband were already deported. To save her life and that of Norbert, Lea knew she had to go into hiding and she desperately tried to find a place. After several disastrous attempts, she and Norbert, almost by chance, finally found a relatively safe haven with a café-owner and his wife and daughter. It was with this family that they managed to survive the war, and that Norbert received a present from the little girl of the family: a teddy bear, a gift that he and the girl would hold on to for the rest of their lives until they donated it to Kazerne Dossin.

The teddy bear is now part of the collection of Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Research Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights in Mechelen, Belgium, where it is one of the most beloved pieces.

Featured guest: Veerle Vanden Daelen, Deputy Director and Director Collections & Research at Kazerne Dossin. Podcast host is Kevania de Vries-Menig

Veerle will tell the story of Norbert Vos and his teddy bear, that came into the collection of the museum. Listen to the episode here or in your preferred podcast app (Buzzsprout, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts):

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