’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.
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.
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.
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