The 1930s German Home: invites visitors to discover the essence of its occupants by building a picture of Leo’s family from the objects in the room. The attention to accurate detail and the aroma of chicken soup places you firmly in the Stein’s home.
Visitors are invited to use the touchscreen to discover more details of the room, survivors’ family memories and select Leo’s Diary to discover what is happening to the Stein family.
The Schoolroom: offers visitors the opportunity to see the ‘inside’ of a typical Nazi-classroom. The schulbanks, teacher’s desk, chalkboard and maps are all authentic 1930s furniture. A display case holds original Hitler Youth and Bund Deutscher Madel items.
Visitors are invited to use the touchscreen to discover more details of the room, survivors’ school memories and select Leo’s Diary to learn how the teacher’s actions led to further changes for Leo.
The German Street: releases the smell of a Jewish-owned bakery, which has been vandalised, an un-touched non-Jewish-owned clock shop and the front of the Stein’s damaged tailor shop as visitors are asked to examine the evidence of discrimination. The imposing newspaper stand displays Der Sturmer. Archive footage of Kristallnacht will signify the escalation in hostility against Jews and the damage of Jewish-owned property.
Visitors are invited to use the touchscreen to discover more details of the room, survivors’ memories of how new laws made life more difficult for Jews and of the events of Kristallnacht. Here, Leo’s Diary reflects the fear of what might happen next.
The Tailor Shop: belonging to Leo’s father, has been tidied up after Kristallnacht. Visitors are invited to listen to Leo’s Diary as his parents consider their response to recent events before locating the family’s secret hiding-place.
Survivors recall overheard conversations of how their parents reached difficult decisions of how to protect their children.
The Hiding Space: Visitors will get a sense of what it was like living in a confined space. Objects, kindly donated by survivors, reveal a story of survival in hiding.
Survivors recall their experience of life in hiding.
The Railway Carriage: Visitors are invited to ‘board’ the train, as they follow Leo on his journey to safety, in England. Two short films may be selected, which detail the Kindertransports and ‘Other Journeys’, which tells of journeys that were not to safety.
The Refuge: Set as an English church hall, The Refuge depicts the end of the physical journey for children. The room holds display-cases, housing artefacts, donated or loaned for the permanent exhibition. Visitors are invited to discover the stories behind the objects-the journeys they have made.