LDHP Permanent Exhibition “From Auschwitz to Ambleside”


Child Holocaust Survivors in Prague en route to the Lake District in 1945

Child Holocaust Survivors in Prague en route to the Lake District in 1945

This wonderful exhibition reminds us what should NEVER happen to mankind again. Congratulations Windermere”. P. McIntyre, Australia.

I have taught the Holocaust in Secondary Schools for 10 years – but was unaware of the Windermere Boys. What a great project – keep up the good work”. C. Burgess, London

Powerful, moving and emotional. Their journey was one of fine courage, their survival an inspiration”. Mr & Mrs Pascall, London.


The Lake District Holocaust Project and the permanent exhibition “From Auschwitz to Ambleside” are situated within Windermere Library.

The exhibition tells the story of the three hundred child Holocaust Survivors who came from Eastern Europe to the Lake District in 1945 in order to begin their recovery from years of unimaginable suffering.

It really is a unique and inspiring story of recovery and resilience that links the horrors of the Holocaust with the beauty of the Lake District.

You can find the exhibition on the First Floor and it is accessible by a stairway or lift.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and visitors are welcome.

The exhibition opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

We look forward to seeing you in the future.

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The locations marked on this OS map of 1958 are Windermere Library, where the Lake District Holocaust Project is now located in Windermere village, and slightly to the north can be seen the site of the ‘lost’ village of Calgarth Estate. The Jewish children stayed on this former wartime workers housing scheme in 1945.

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Holocaust & Memory Reframed 

The aim of the project ‘Holocaust and Memory Reframed’ was to produce a series of international art installations and initiatives based at the Lake District Holocaust Project over two summer and autumn periods in 2016 and 2017.

The exhibitions look at work that explore aspects of Post Holocaust arts and culture and relate to “the representation of the unrepresentational”.

Ian Walton’s exhibition/installation,  Breath Becomes Air is an important contribution to the programme that includes significant artists from throughout Europe. This is on display until 29 October 2016.

Ian is based in the Lake District in England and his artistic concerns ally closely to certain aspects of the Lake District Holocaust Project (LDHP) and its attempt to deal with the changing nature of Holocaust memorialisation and commemoration.

Ian Walton’s attention to detail together with his use of found objects and material can be interpreted as a multi-dimensional travelogue of place and time.

A series of mirrors depicting photographs taken at Theresienstadt & Auschwitz Birkenau

A series of mirrors depicting photographs taken at Theresienstadt & Auschwitz Birkenau, together with the shoes below that formed part of the installation


He has travelled to locations in Krakow and Prague during which he encountered Auschwitz Birkenau and Theresienstadt. His visit to Budapest in Hungary led to him witnessing aspects of Holocaust memorialization that informed the use of shoes as a significant element of the installation on show in Windermere.


It is notable that he made these journeys unknowingly at the same time as LDHP was emerging in Windermere. This synchronicity is heightened by the fact that that there were children from Poland and Hungary amongst those who came to Windermere in 1945, and a significant number of the three hundred children had passed through Auschwitz before being finally liberated from Theresienstadt.

From left to right, Eternal Leaving, Shadow of the Music Wall and Passio

From left to right:  Eternal Leaving, Shadow of the Music Wall and Passio


Time spent in the company of survivors is time spent in the company of those who experienced and witnessed events that are indescribable and yet these witnesses hold out their hands to us and try to explain, and we hold out our hands to them in the attempt to understand.

We know that they speak not only for themselves but also for those lost in the Holocaust……

As time passes then the question of how we engage with these time led changes is inexorable and we are duty bound to both honour the testimonies and to be a witness on behalf of the witnesses.

The ways in which we can do this will evolve along with the ways that people will engage with the testimonies. It is in this way that the context within which we negotiate with these testimonies will, in a quite profound way, be reframed.

A vital truth that lies at the core of these witness testimonies will remain though. We forget at our peril.


’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

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

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.



2015  has been a very important year for our charity Another Space and particularly for the Lake District Holocaust Project with a series of important dates and events.

The Holocaust Commission Report was published on 27 January 2015.
The Commission was set up to “examine what more should be done in Britain to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust is preserved and that the lessons it teaches are never forgotten”.

In the Report’s Executive Summary the Lake District Holocaust Project was cited as one of a small number of “significant regional exhibitions” where “in all places commemoration is informed by learning, with profound results…….. The Lake District Holocaust Project has a highly respected exhibition at Windermere Library.  Auschwitz to Ambleside describes the story of 300 child Holocaust survivors who arrived in the Lake District in 1945″.



The 70th anniversary of the arrival of the child Holocaust survivors in the Lake District on 14 August 1945.  
On 13 August 2015, we were delighted to welcome a large number of particularly special guests to an event in the grounds and building of the Lake District Holocaust Project at Windermere Library to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the children’s arrival.

It was especially poignant that some of the remaining survivors were able to attend with their families, alongside wives and sons and daughters of those who have now died.  Other guests included Sir Eric Pickles MP (the Prime Minister’s new Special Envoy for post Holocaust issues), Suzanne Bardgett (Head of Research IWM London),  Jonathan Arkush (President Board of Deputies of British Jews), Paul Anticoni (President World Jewish Relief), Helen Myer (Holocaust Commission, Downing Street), David Southward MBE (Cabinet Member Cumbria County Council), Councillor Chris Hogg (Mayor of Kendal)  and many more.

Moving speeches were made by Sir Eric, Suzanne Bardgett, Ben Helfgott MBE (Chairman of 45 Aid Society) and Trevor Avery (Director of Another Space). The guests were then invited to look at exhibits and films, both in the permanent exhibition and those especially commissioned for the event.  These included the ’45 Aid Society Memory Quilt for the Boys’, an installation by the international and acclaimed artist, Miroslaw Balka and ‘Flowers of Auschwitz’ an exhibition by Trevor Avery & Rose Smith.

Sir Eric Pickles MP with survivors

Sir Eric Pickles MP with survivors

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Memory Quilts

One of four memory quilts - © 45 Aid Society/Julia Burton

One of four memory quilts – © 45 Aid Society/Julia Burton

We were delighted to have the opportunity at the event to exhibit the four Memory Quilts made by Survivors and their families to commemorate the 70th anniversary of their liberation.  The quilts will again feature in a special exhibition in Spring 2016 at the LDHP building.


Miroslaw Balka installation
Miroslaw Balka visited LDHP in 2015 and directed a unique installation consisting of two pieces “Nacht und Nebel” and “Towards the Light”.  Balka is an international artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the world and in galleries including Viana Art New York,  Dvir Tel Aviv, Obra Social La Caixa Barcelona and Tate Modern London.


Film 'Nacht und Nebel' in the permanent gallery. © Miroslaw Balka & White Cube

Film ‘Nacht und Nebel’ in the permanent gallery. © Miroslaw Balka & White Cube

This commission was supported by the Arts Council England



Flowers of Auschwitz
The “Flowers of Auschwitz” exhibition was timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary commemoration and continued until October.  Flowers were planted in part of the garden at Windermere Library by over 50 school children from Windermere and plinths designed by Trevor Avery placed next to the flowers.  An exhibition by Rose Smith was displayed in the touring gallery.

Part of the garden showing the plinth designed by Trevor Avery. © Another Space

Part of the garden showing the plinth designed by Trevor Avery. © Another Space

Flowers of Auschwitz exhibition. © Another Space

Flowers of Auschwitz exhibition. © Another Space

This exhibition and project were supported by Arts Council England.  For more photographs of this and the Miroslaw Balka pieces, please visit the Arts section.



From Calgarth to Windermere – the Droomer Estate 
We welcomed residents and families from Windermere and the South Lakes to the preview of an exhibition at the end of the project in June 2015.

The story of the estate has its roots in the wartime housing scheme of Calgarth Estate which had originally been built to house the workers of the Sunderland Flying Boats.  At the end of World War Two, the three hundred child Holocaust Survivors had been brought to Calgarth where they stayed for several months.  Eventually the residents were rehoused on the  Droomer Estate in Windermere.

We interviewed many of the local residents, some remembering the move from Calgarth, many describing their school days and life in Windermere from the early 1950s.

Some visitors to the exhibition. © Another Space

Some visitors to the exhibition. © Another Space

Part of the exhibition. © Another Space

Part of the exhibition. © Another Space

Further information about the project is available at




Holocaust Commission 2014

On the 27 January 2014 the Prime Minister, David Cameron, launched a Holocaust Commission. The Commission will work to ensure Britain has a permanent memorial to the Holocaust and educational resources for future generations.

We attended one of the largest ever gatherings of Survivors of the Holocaust in the UK, which took place in London on 5 May 2014. A special consultation event was part of the Holocaust Commission that has been set up with cross party agreement. LDHP attendance in London followed our attendance at a similar event at the Imperial War Museum North in early spring.

The event in London was organised to discuss what form future memorialisation of the Holocaust should take in Britain and was hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky with many politicians and special guests in attendance.

Film by Trevor Avery

Others in attendance included people who had survived the concentration camps, individuals who escaped to Britain on the Kindertransport and those who were hidden from the Nazis as children. Our friend and supporter, Ben Helfgott, Chair of 45 Aid Society and one of the children who came to Windermere, is a key member of the Holocaust Commission and we were delighted to meet with him and his family at the London event.

Ben & Maurice Helfgott

Ben & Maurice Helfgott

Maurice Helfgott talking with Trevor Avery

Maurice Helfgott talking with Trevor Avery