From Auschwitz to Ambleside
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The exhibition tells the story of the three hundred child Holocaust Survivors who came from Eastern Europe to the Lake District in 1945 in order to begin their recovery from years of unimaginable suffering.
It really is a unique and inspiring story of recovery and resilience that links the horrors of the Holocaust with the beauty of the Lake District.
“It stirs the soul. The stories of survival are humbling. Makes you proud to be human again” . Ramon, The Netherlands.
“It’s really nice to have such an exhibition as a recording of history. Thanks a lot for Windermere bringing us a rich experience here”. Lynne Zhang, Nanjing, China.
“Extremely touching. Amazing people to survive the horrendous conditions they encountered. These stories are the future of the past”. Barbara and Ira, Florida, USA
“Thank you for an interesting and very moving exhibition, a piece of history that should never be forgotten”. J and M Knight, Lincolnshire
You can find the exhibition on the First Floor and it is accessible by a stairway or lift.
Entrance to the exhibition is free and visitors are welcome.
The exhibition opening hours are
Monday 9.30 – 1pm. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30 – 5pm.
Saturday 10am-1pm. Excepting public holidays.
We look forward to seeing you in the future.
Reality is not simply there, it must be searched and won. Paul Celan
Of the many secrets that Cumbria holds in its heart none could be more compelling than the story relating to the three hundred Jewish children, survivors of the Holocaust, who touched down in Britain at Crosby on Eden airfield near Carlisle in August 1945.
They had been transported to the UK for recuperation and were to stay in hostel accommodation provided for them on the now ‘lost’ wartime village of Calgarth Estate which stood near Windermere.
We have spoken with some of these children, now much older, and have begun to discover just what that moment meant to them. We have also spoken with some of the local people of the Lake District community who remember the children being amongst them in 1945.
Remarkable archive interviews and images from several sources have also been uncovered, and this website brings them together for the first time.
How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold. William Wordsworth
The landscape of the Lakes had a crucial role to play at this, the beginning of the children’s road to recovery from unimaginable horror. Perhaps it takes a poet from another age to adequately describe what the significance of the Lake District had in this context.
Holocaust & Memory Reframed
The aim of the project ‘Holocaust and Memory Reframed’ was to produce a series of international art installations and initiatives based at the Lake District Holocaust Project over two summer and autumn periods in 2016 and 2017.
The four exhibitions look at work that explores aspects of Post Holocaust arts and culture and relate to “the representation of the unrepresentational”.
Part 1 – The Memory Quilt
The Memory Quilt was displayed from 9 June to 3 September. This is a transnational installation arts project that brought together artists with makers from throughout the world.
The quilt represents all 732 of the only child Holocaust Survivors of the Nazi Concentration Camps, including 80 girls, who could be found at the end of World War 11. They formed a closely-knitted ‘family’ that collectively became known as ‘The Boys’. Many of these Survivors belong to the ’45 Aid Society, a unique organisation of Holocaust Survivors and their families. The Survivors, their children and grandchildren created over one hundred and fifty sections of work to mark the 70th anniversary since liberation day and to commemorate the lives of their parents and grandparents, and to keep their memories alive. These sections form the four hangings and each are a viscerally emotive and immersive experience that mirror the ripples of time and memorialisation.
Part 2 – Breath Becomes Air
The second, Breath becomes Air, is an installation by Ian Walton and will be on display from 9 September to 29 October 2016.
Trevor Avery, Director of the Lake District Holocaust Project, reflected on Ian’s work poignantly:
“It has a quality that has always spoken to me in some acute way. It is a visual representation of the many aspects that I have dealt with and come across for many years now, a kind of melancholia that is a necessary part of coming to terms with events of enormous tragedy“.
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