As part of the battle against Coronavirus, Cumbria County Council have announced that all libraries will close from Saturday 20 March until further notice.  The Lake District Holocaust Project exhibition which is on the first floor of the library building, will accordingly also be closed.

There are so many things we continue to do at LDHP and we will stay in touch via our website and Twitter feed.


Film/drama produced by Wall to Wall, Warner Brothers & ZDF : © Wall to Wall. A Dvd will be available for sale shortly

Trevor Avery & Rose Smith of the Lake District Holocaust Project,  were advisers on the feature length film/drama  ‘The Windermere Children’, produced in 2020 for the BBC by Wall to Wall, Warner Brothers and ZDF (Germany), and for the accompanying documentary ‘The Windermere  Children – In Their Own Words’.

The project was the primary source for information and this website tells the story of those 300 Jewish child Holocaust Survivors who are so closely connected to the Lake District in Cumbria, UK.  They stayed on the ‘lost’ wartime village of Calgarth Estate in 1945/6, an estate that was once located at Troutbeck Bridge near Windermere.

Some of the child actors together with the Survivors they played –  Harry Olmer, Arek Hersh MBE, Sir Ben Helfgott, Sam Laskier and Ike Alterman. © LDHP

They came from “Hell to Paradise”

Jewish child Holocaust Survivors in Prague en route to the Lake District in 1945

“We flew to the Lake District where my grandfather convalesced in Windermere with a bunch of other Jewish children. It is the most amazing story about what British communities can do for foreign refugees and the gift they gave.”  Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder, Who Do You Think You Are, BBC1, August 2018.

” It was heavenly to arrive in that most beautiful part of England, Windermere in the Lake District in the summer of 1945.  The local inhabitants were warm and kind; we shall remember them all with great affection……This is indeed a very magnificent project and on behalf of all the survivors and myself, we wish you every success”.  Mayer Hersh, Holocaust Survivor

”An amazing and moving story, beautifully presented and told”. 
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, 2019.

“The experience in Windermere was wonderful. Everyone looked after us tremendously well”.  Sam Laskier, Holocaust Survivor, Open Country, BBC Radio 4, November 2018.

“This is a really exciting, innovative and deeply significant project.  It connects the horrors of the Holocaust with the pastoral beautify of the Lake District through the experiences of the three hundred children who were brought to Windermere after the war to recuperate.” 
Professor Tony Kushner, Parkes Institute for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations and History Department, University of Southampton.

“Your work reminding us of the horrendous cruelty man can inflict upon his fellow man is really important and especially so in such a beautiful place as the Lake District. Amidst the serenity and natural beauty of the District, one could easily ignore what went on, and still goes on, in other parts of the world”.
Rt Hon Lord Clark of Windermere PC



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