What Would You Bring?
Experience the journey of a doll, a bear, some teacups and more, each brought to life by a group of remarkable artists – and learn about the extraordinary people they belong to.
What Would You Bring? is an online exhibit where you can discover refugee stories told in unexpected ways through the lens of the objects they brought with them.
Watch the videos below and then visit www.WhatWouldYouBring.com to learn more about the objects, the people they belong to, and the artists who brought their stories to life.
When individuals are forced to flee, they often choose to bring the same things with them. No matter where they traveled from or to, or when they did so – these are objects and threads that connect them to each other and to all of us. Once you’ve explored the virtual exhibit, we hope that it will get you thinking about what you have in common with refugees around the world today and in the past. We’d love for you to share your family’s story with us – using the suitcase that author and illustrator Lisa Brown has created for the project. You can download the suitcase here.
“What Would You Bring?” is a Reboot production created and produced by Juliet Simmons with Noam Dromi. Reboot CEO David Katznelson is Executive Producer.
Every family has a story. What are the objects that tell yours?
Vienna-born Hedi Argent was bullied at school for being Jewish. As a child, she thought of her doll Susi as a friend. Anti-Jewish laws forced Hedi’s family to flee Austria for England in early 1939, just six weeks before the borders closed. Told by her parents that she could only take one toy, Hedi realized that she could not fit Susi in her suitcase, so she instead took Little Susi, an identical smaller doll which “belonged” to Susi. For more than 80 years, Little Susi has remained a trusted friend and confidant to Hedi throughout her life in England. Hedi’s story is brought to life by animator Stivens Luyo.
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Aurora Zinder grew up in Odessa, Russia, surviving under oppressive Soviet rule. In 1942, her father died fighting fascists in Ukraine. By the late 1970s, antisemitism in the USSR had grown so severe that Aurora and her family were forced to flee. Mindful of the corrupt whims of customs officials, they made difficult choices about which items they could bring with them on their journey to New York. A suitcase containing rare china survived the journey and these precious heirlooms still connect Aurora to her history. Her story is brought to life by artist Jacqueline Nicholls.
When the Nazis forced his family out of their home and into the Budapest Ghetto, 7-year-old John Hajdu took his teddy bear with him. John’s beloved toy accompanied him as he survived Nazi occupation, lived through the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, escaped to Austria and made a new life for himself in London. His story is brought to life by filmmakers Christopher Noxon and Rebecca Odes.