Special Display – The Memory Quilt – 9 June to 3 September
Alongside our permanent exhibition, The Memory Quilt of 2015 will also be on display. This is a transnational installation arts project that brought together artists with makers from throughout the world. The four hangings were originally displayed for only one day in Windermere in August 2015.
The quilt represents all 732 of the only child Holocaust Survivors of the Nazi Concentration Camps, including 80 girls, who could be found at the end of World War 11. They formed a closely-knitted ‘family’ that collectively became known as ‘The Boys’. Many of these Survivors belong to the ’45 Aid Society, a unique organisation of Holocaust Survivors and their families. The Survivors, their children and grandchildren created over one hundred and fifty sections of work to mark the 70th anniversary since liberation day and to commemorate the lives of their parents and grandparents, and to keep their memories alive. These sections form the four hangings and each are a viscerally emotive and immersive experience that mirror the ripples of time and memorialisation.
The Memory Quilt project was conceived by Julia Burton who subsequently worked with the Survivors and their families. Special thanks are due to Julia, to her team of invaluable volunteers, and to members of the ’45 Aid Committee and the Second Generation for their continuing support.
Memory Quilt – The Boys : four hangings
More details about the Quilt are available at www.45aid.org/quilt-squares.
There is also an accompanying 164 full-colour page book available to purchase at http://45aid.org/product/book/
The Memory Quilt book – © ’45 Aid Society
’45 Aid Society Reunion
We were delighted to attend the 71st Reunion of the ’45 Aid Society in London in May 2016.
The ’45 Aid Society – Holocaust Survivors’ was set up in 1963 by the first child Survivors who arrived in the UK in 1945 – some of whom stayed in Windermere . “It’s mission has been to remember those who were lost, to help their members who needed help; to teach the lessons of the Holocaust; to spread the message of tolerance; and to help others more widely”.
Those Survivors who were able, together with their children and grandchildren, attended the Reunion. A special presentation was made to Ben Helfgott, who is now retiring after many years as Chairman of the Society.
Holocaust Survivors’ Centre
In response to their kind invitation, we visited the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in North London, where a number of the children, who had stayed in the Lake District in 1945, were able to meet with us. It was a rare opportunity for those at the LDHP Project to talk with these Survivors, their wives and second and third generations.
The Holocaust Survivor’s Centre is the only centre in the UK that was designed specifically for Holocaust Survivors. It provides a programme of “social, cultural and therapeutic events”.
Holocaust Memorial Day
On the 27th January we marked HMD with a special event at The Lakes School at Troutbeck Bridge. The school is on the site of the former Calgarth Estate where the children stayed in 1945.
A moving tribute to Alfred Huberman, one of the remarkable child Holocaust Survivors who came to the Lake District directly from the concentration camps in 1945, played a central role in HMD 2016 commemorations in Windermere.
An early photograph of Alfred Huberman
Over seven hundred children, staff and guests at the Lakes School saw the launch of the Alfred Huberman Writing Award for schools as part of the HMD 2016 commemorations. Alfred Huberman’s wife Shirley and their daughter Caroline travelled from Brighton and were at the event. They spoke movingly of their father and of his time both at Windermere and his later life. The family has been very supportive of the LDHP and their support has enabled the writing Award initiative. They see it as a perfect way to continue Alfred’s work as he spoke to many students during his lifetime about the Holocaust.
A powerful introduction to the Holocaust and Genocide by Deputy Head Teacher Mick Gallop was followed by meaningful words from Sylvia Emmot, Chair of South Lakeland District Council.
Trevor Avery, Director of Lake District Holocaust Project offered a compelling description of the special significance of the connection between the Lakes School site and the three hundred Jewish orphans who arrived in August 1945.
Councillor Sylvia Emmott, Deputy Head Mick Gallop, Caroline & Shirley Huberman & Trevor Avery
The school was built on the former site of Calgarth Estate, a wartime factory workers housing scheme, and it was to this estate that the children came and stayed for what was described as the beginning of their “recuperation”.
Trevor spoke of the essential importance of Holocaust Memorial Day and Holocaust Education and how the lessons that we can learn from the horrors of the Holocaust can help us all as we face up to challenges of the present day. He held up the inspirational example of the Jewish children who arrived without anything other than hope, and how the young people of today carry that hope into the future.
A further ceremony was held at the home of the Lake District Holocaust Project in Windermere and was attended by people from far and wide.