Paddington Bear inspired by Kindertransports

Posted on December 3, 2014

Paddington’s 88-year-old creator, Michael Bond reveals his inspiration for the kindly bear: the Jewish evacuee children he remembered seeing in the train stations of London during the Kindertransport of the late 1930s. “They all had a label round their neck with their name and address on and a little case or package containing all their treasured possessions…”

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