‘A Place on Earth – The Auschwitz Album’
Photograph from ‘The Auschwitz Album’ : courtesy Yad Vashem, Israel
This exhibition is now on view next to the permanent exhibition “From Auschwitz to Ambleside” from now until the end of November.
‘A Place on Earth’ at Lake District Holocaust Project in Windermere is from Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, and tells the background story to a photograph album that shows in detail the arrival of a transport of Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is the first time this has been exhibited in the UK.
Many of the children and youngsters who came to the Lake District in the summer of 1945 had passed through Auschwitz at some point in their horrific journey through the Holocaust so this exhibition is of great significance to the Lake District Holocaust Project.
The photos in the album were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944 by Nazi officials.
The photos show the arrival of Hungarian Jews in the summer 1944. For this purpose a special rail line had been extended from the railway station outside the camp to a ramp inside Auschwitz Birkenau itself. Many of the photos in the album were taken on the ramp and also show aspects of the selection process.
Those considered fit for work were sent into the camp, where they were registered, deloused and distributed to the barracks. The rest were sent to the gas chambers.
This exhibition offers some explanation and context for The Auschwitz Album, which is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The album is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier in 1980.
It is assumed that the album was prepared as an official reference for a higher authority, as were photo albums from other concentration camps.
Photograph from the ‘The Auschwitz Album’ : courtesy Yad Vashem, Israel
B’s Buttons – A Holocaust Memorial Project at the Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge
Students at the Lakes School have been working on a Holocaust Memorial Project. The school is built on the site of the former Calgarth Estate, where the children arrived in 1945.
A Year 10 student came up with the idea of collecting buttons. She perceptively noted that buttons are all different and individual, just like the people who were killed in such awful circumstances. ‘B’ felt that a memorial should recognise this individuality and the Head of History Teacher, Laura Allen, together with the students, decided that they would collect one and a half million buttons to commemorate the children who died in the Holocaust.
We are delighted to announce that not only has this number been collected and counted but has far exceeded the initial amount. The response has been phenomenal, with buttons sent from all corners of the world.
Details will be announced in the coming months as to the final number and designs for a memorial. We would like to extend our very many thanks to all who donated, sent and counted the buttons.
Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2018
50 counting volunteers, including students, local councillors, members of the Lakes School Governing Body, representatives from the LDHP, Tim Farron MP, and members of the public from the local area gathered at the Lakes School to take part in counting the buttons. By the end of the day 180,500 buttons had been counted! Many thanks to all concerned.
Counting Buttons at the Lakes School
Laura Oram, Teacher with Robbie Gontarz, son of Holocaust Survivor
Tim Farron MP