Film/drama BBC2 at 9pm, 27 January 2020
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.
They came from “Hell to Paradise”
“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