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“WE 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

“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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