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.
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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.
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.
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.
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