News Archive

A few of the important dates for The Lake District Holocaust Project


25 November
Sam Gontarz in conversation with Trevor Avery

21 November
Knighthood for Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE – one of the child Holocaust Survivors who stayed in the Lake District in 1945

1 November
Open Country – BBC Radio 4

31 October
The Lakes with Paul Rose BBC2 – including interviews with Arek Hersh & Trevor Avery, Director of the Lake District Holocaust Project

11 October 
Visit from the Presenter and Producer Helen Mark and Nicola Humphries to record ‘Open Country‘, BBC Radio 4, ‘The Windermere Boys‘ and included conversations with Trevor Avery, Sam Laskier, Ike Alterman and Kevin Coulter

25/28 September
Presented Awards to the Winners of the Alfred Huberman Writing Award 2018

13 August
Robert (Judge) Rinder ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, BBC1

17 July
Commemorative Jewish Culture Event, Windermere and Hawkshead

13 August
Who Do You Think You Are? BBC One

16 July
Interview BBC Radio Cumbria

12 July
Arek & Jean Hersh in conversation with students, The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge

10 July
Preview ‘The Lakes with Paul Rose’

28 June
Visit by MA students, Department of Holocaust Studies, University of London

7 May
45 Aid Society 73rd Reunion, London

12 April
Yom Hashoah Manchester, with Sam Laskier, Sam Gontarz and families

14 February
Visit by ‘Who Do You Think You Are’  to record a conversation with Robert (Judge) Rinder and Trevor Avery

13 February
Heritage Lottery Fund Conference, Carlisle

2 February
Visit by 100 students, Chetwynde School, Barrow-in Furness

30 January
Talk by Trevor Avery to the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle

27 January
First ‘Button Count’ The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge

26 January
Holocaust Memorial Day event, St Annes Hebrew Congregation, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

24 January
Holocaust Memorial Day event at Cumbria County Council, Carlisle with Arek & Jean Hersh


5 – 8 September
Visit by Miroslaw Balka and Preview Exhibition ‘yromem’

19 July
Presentation of Alfred Huberman Writing Awards

17 July
Visit by Ulverston Primary School

11 July
Paul Rose BBC, visiting the Lakes School to film ‘The Lake District with Paul Rose’ and interview with Trevor Avery, Director Lake District Holocaust Project and Arek Hersh

6 July
Opening of ‘Hidden Threads’ exhibition – Heather Belcher

23 – 24 June
Preview ‘In Harmony’

30 May
Opening of ‘In Harmony’ exhibition – Arza Helfgott

17 May
Visit to Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester with Heather Belcher

1 May
72nd Reunion ’45 Aid Society’, London

7 April
Opening of ‘The Auschwitz Dandelion’ exhibition

31 March
Visit by Barrow Furness Academy

27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day, The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge


4 – 8 October
Visit to Warsaw: Miroslaw Balka’s studios and Treblinka

8 September
Preview ‘Breath Becomes Air’ exhibition – Ian Walton

10 – 12 July
Visit to Fraunhofer Institute, University of Munster & Dr Dirk Pruefer

Preview ‘The Memory Quilt – 45 Aid Society

22 May
Visit to Menorrah Synagogue, Manchester

2 May
71st Reunion 45 Aid Society

12 April
Visit to Holocaust Survivors Centre

24 February
Visit to Alfred Huberman home and workshop

4 February
Visit by Barrow Furness Academy

27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day – Launch of Alfred Huberman Writing Award at The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge


8 December
Visit to Jewish Museum London and meeting with Holocaust Commission

13 August
Reunion of Holocaust Survivors in Windermere to commemorate the 70th Anniversary
Guests included the Survivors and their families, Sir Eric Pickles, Cumbria County Council & South Lakes District Council Councillors, and invited guests

13 August
Preview & Opening of ‘Nacht und Nebel’ and ‘Towards the Light’ – Miroslaw Balka
Preview & Opening of ‘Flowers of Auschwitz’ – Trevor Avery & Rose Smith

14 August
Planting & Commemoration of Oak Tree by Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE at The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge

23 – 25 July
Site Visit by Miroslaw Balka

20 June
Preview & Opening of ‘Digging for Diamonds : From Calgarth to Windermere

8 – 12 June
Planting of commemorative garden by primary school students

20 – 24 April
Visit to Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenau & Rajsko

27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day – Service at Birdcage, Kendal
Piano Recital with film – Anthony Hewitt, Town Hall Kendal

27 January
Publication of the Government’s Holocaust Commission Report – referencing The Lake District Holocaust Project

13 January
Visit by Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE, to present the Holocaust Memorial Candle designed by Anish Kapoor


16 July
Attended the ceremony for an Honorary Fellowship for Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE at the University of Cumbria, Carlisle

Music performance by Local Schools in Library Gardens, Windermere – Organised by Music Links

‘Portraits of Posterity’ exhibition, Windermere

5 May
Consultation event and gathering of Holocaust Survivors, Wembley London to discuss future memorialisation of the Holocaust

‘Flight from Prague’ exhibition, Windermere

Consultation event organised by Holocaust Commission, IWM North, Manchester

March – May
Submission of material to the Holocaust Commission

27 January
Launch of Holocaust Commission by David Cameron

23 January 
Service at the Bird Cage, Kendal, commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day
Exhibition Town Hall Kendal


November 2013
The Story of the Swastika‘ – BBC1

28 November
Opening and Preview ‘The Paradise Route’
Primary School Exhibition ‘The Paradise Route’

4 October
Visit by Holocaust Survivors and Refugees

24 September
Opening and Preview with talk by Sir Ben Helfgott, MBE – the ‘Janusz Korczak’ exhibition

4 July
Mala Tribich, Holocaust Survivor arrives for a tour of the Lake District

4 June
Susan Stein from New York gives a performance of ‘Etty’ at Settlebeck School, Sedbergh

5 May
LDHP Exhibition at 68th Reunion – 45 Aid Society – London

5 March
Ambleside Rotary Talk

8 January
Talk at the opening of a touring exhibition at The Dukes, Lancaster