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At the end of World War Two, the British Government agreed to accept 1000 child holocaust survivors. As it was, there were only 732, 80 of whom were girls. The children were to be resettled throughout the UK, 300 were placed in Windermere.
In 2015, Holocaust survivors commemorated 70 years since their liberation by making four memory quilts. The survivors and their families created 156 sections, which together form the four quilts, keeping alive memories of their parents, and grandparents.
Trevor Avery established the Lake District Holocaust Project (LDHP) in Windermere. Since 2005, he has been involved in an ongoing project looking at the connections and legacy of the story of the 300 child survivors of the Holocaust who came to the Lake District in 1945, directly after liberation from the concentration camps of Nazi Occupied Europe. The work has taken him to many sites and locations across Europe and to having close contacts with many Holocaust Survivors and their families.
Here Trevor will talk about the orphaned child survivors' arrival from the camps in Europe, their stay in Windermere, how they were helped to deal with their new life in England, and their introduction into English Society after being imprisoned in the extermination camps.
He has been an advisor on several BBC programmes about the Holocaust and has also been closely involved in the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation based in Downing Street.
In 2015 he became a Vice President of the 45 Aid Society and Second Generation (Holocaust Survivors) UK. In 2016, in the New Years Honours List he was awarded the BEM for Services to Heritage in the Lake District.
*Please note that the quilts will be displayed for two weeks in the Central Library from 28th January.
The Memory Quilts were created in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps at the end of World War II. The lives of 732 orphan child survivors are celebrated in the Memory Quilts. The young survivors were brought to the UK in 1945 to start a new life. They became known as “The Boys” even though about 80 of them were girls. Each fabric quilt square represents the lives of one of The Boys. The Memory Quilts were created by the children and grandchildren of The Boys and were curated by 2nd Generation member, Julia Burton. The quilts have been displayed in museums and exhibitions across the UK and featured on a special Holocaust-themed edition of the BBC TV ‘Antiques Roadshow’ in January 2017.
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