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2016

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 I – The Memory Quilt

The first exhibition from 9 June to 3 September 2016 was The Memory Quilt – a series of four hangings, sections of which were made by some of the Holocaust Survivors and their families.

Part 2 – Breath becomes Air

Breath becomes Air, is an installation by Ian Walton and will be on display from 9 September to 29 October 2016.  Ian travelled to locations in Krakow and Prague during which he encountered Auschwitz Birkenau and Theresienstadt.  It is notable that he made these journeys unknowingly at the same time as LDHP was emerging in Windermere. This synchronicity is heightened by the fact that that there were children from Poland and Hungary amongst those who came to Windermere in 1945, and a significant number of the three hundred children had passed through Auschwitz before being finally liberated at Theresienstadt.

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Time spent in the company of survivors is time spent in the company of those who experienced and witnessed events that are indescribable and yet these witnesses hold out their hands to us and try to explain, and we hold out our hands to them in the attempt to understand.

We know that they speak not only for themselves but also for those lost in the Holocaust……

As time passes then the question of how we engage with these time led changes is inexorable and we are duty bound to both honour the testimonies and to be a witness on behalf of the witnesses.

The ways in which we can do this will evolve along with the ways that people will engage with the testimonies. It is in this way that the context within which we negotiate with these testimonies will, in a quite profound way, be reframed.

A vital truth that lies at the core of these witness testimonies will remain though. We forget at our peril.

 

For further details  about either of these exhibitions please visit
http://www.LDHP.org.uk

 

The Alfred Huberman Writing Award

Another Space/LDHP announced the launch of the Alfred Huberman Writing Award at the Lakes School, Windermere on Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27 January 2016.

Alfred is 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.  His wife Shirley and their daughter Caroline travelled from Brighton and were at the event. They spoke movingly of their father and of his time both at Windermere and his later life. The family has been very supportive of Another Space and the LDHP and their support has enabled the writing Award initiative.  They see it as a perfect way to continue Alfred’s work as he spoke to many students during his lifetime about the Holocaust.

The writing award will be open to students initially at secondary schools in the South Lakes, Cumbria and who study the Holocaust as part of their curriculum.  Judging will take place in 2017.

An early photograph of Alfred Huberman

An early photograph of Alfred Huberman

2015  has been a very important year for 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″.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398645/Holocaust_Commission_Report_Britains_promise_to_remember.pdf

The Lake District Holocaust Project is based on the First Floor of Windermere Library, where you will find the acclaimed exhibition “From Auschwitz to Ambleside” on display all year round during library opening hours.

For further details  about the story of the child Holocaust survivors and the exhibition, please visit The Lake District Holocaust Project at
http://www.LDHP.org.uk

 

The 70th anniversary of the arrival of the child Holocaust survivors in the Lake District on 14 August 1945.  
On 13 August 2015, Another Space 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.

Sir Eric Pickles MP with some of the survivors

Sir Eric Pickles MP with some of the survivors

More photographs are available at
http://www.LDHP.org.uk

 

 

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.

http://miroslaw-balka.com/en/

Film 'Nacht und Nebel' in the permanent gallery. © Miroslaw Balka & White Cube

Film ‘Nacht und Nebel’ in the permanent gallery. © Miroslaw Balka & White Cube

Further details about this installation and the relationship between the two pieces available at
http://anotherspace.org.uk/?page_id=13
and
http://www.LDHP.org.uk

This commission was supported by the Arts Council England

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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.

Part of the garden showing the plinth designed by Trevor Avery. © Another Space

Part of the garden showing the plinth designed by Trevor Avery. © Another Space

Flowers of Auschwitz exhibition. © Another Space

Flowers of Auschwitz exhibition. © Another Space

More details about both the exhibition and the project can be seen at
http://anotherspace.org.uk/?page_id=13
and
http://www.LDHP.org.uk

This exhibition and project were supported by Arts Council England

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From Calgarth to Windermere – the Droomer Estate 
Another Space 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.

Another Space 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.

Some visitors to the exhibition. © Another Space

Some visitors to the exhibition. © Another Space

Part of the exhibition. © Another Space

Part of the exhibition. © Another Space

Further information about the project is available at
http://www.fromcalgarthtowindermere.co.uk  
and
http://anotherspace.org.uk/?page_id=13


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“Seventy Candles for Seventy Years”   Kendal and Lake District UK Holocaust Memorial Day

Anish Kapoor Candle iin Town Hall, Kendal. © Another Space

Anish Kapoor candle iin Town Hall, Kendal. © Another Space

 One of the primary aims of Holocaust Memorial Day is to “ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated, whether in Europe or elsewhere in the world”.  Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Statement of Purpose

A commemorative service was held at the Birdcage in Kendal followed by a concert in the Town Hall in January.  To mark this highly poignant memorial, Joe Berger, one of the child survivors, lit a candle, designed by Anish Kapoor, before the concert. This formed part of a national “Seventy Candles for Seventy Years” initiative, which drew together Holocaust Memorial Day events across Britain.

The candle had been presented earlier in the month  to Trevor Avery and Councillor Westwood by Ben Helfgott, MBE,  who especially travelled up to Kendal.  Ben was one of the child Holocaust Survivors who arrived in the Lake District in August 1945.

Ben with Trevor and Councillor Westwood

Ben with Trevor and Councillor Westwood. © Another Space

Guest speaker was Susan Stein from the USA and classical pianist Anthony Hewitt performed pieces by some Polish composers, two of whom had died in concentration camps.

Stanley Henig reciting the Kaddish at the Birdcage in Kendal. © Another Space

Stanley Henig reciting the Kaddish at the Birdcage in Kendal. © Another Space

Anthony in Rehearsal in the Town Hall, Kendal. © Another Space

Anthony in Rehearsal in the Town Hall, Kendal. © Another Space

The event was filmed by Border Television –
http://www.itv.com/news/border/story/2015-01-26/cumbria-remembers-the-holocaust/” and reference was also made to the child Holocaust Survivors by Granada Television –
http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2015-01-27/the-windermere-boys-young-holocaust-survivors/”

South Lakeland District Council presented this event in Kendal in partnership with the Lake District Holocaust Project.

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