The Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association

The HSFA is a Leeds-based charity set up in 1996.  Our aim is to preserve the memory, testimony and records of the Holocaust survivors based in Yorkshire, England for research, teaching and learning. We use the lessons from our members' experience to work towards a more tolerant society in which difference and diversity are celebrated. We also provide friendship and support to Holocaust survivors. The organisation is run by a team of committed volunteers and advisers, some of whom are Holocaust survivors and second generation. The Chair of the Association is Lilian Black. Her father, Eugene Black, is a Holocaust survivor. Our historical adviser is Dr. Nick Evans from the University of Hull. Trude Silman and Heinz Skyte MBE are Life Presidents and the original Founders of the Association. Our Project Manager is Dr.Tracy Craggs. Tracy is an expert oral historian and project manager. She has worked with the Association since 2008.

Membership of our Association is open to all who share our aims and we are keen to hear from anyone wishing to join. 

Our members regularly visit schools, colleges, universities, community groups and other organisations to give living witness accounts of their personal experiences as refugees, hidden children and survivors of Nazi concentration and death camps. In addition we provide advice and guidance to a wide range of organisations holding their own Holocaust-related events and activities including filming, arts and culture. 

"When I came out of Buchenwald I thought it could never happen again. How wrong I was... Perpetrators in situations like that are a relatively small number; people who actively do something about it are fewer still but then you get the indifferent masses who just turn the other cheek... They have the choices, they have the responsibility and if people take these choices one day there won't be any more Holocausts".  John Chillag

Use the menu to the left to find out about our work. Explore eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust through the Survivor Stories section, including filmed interviews with survivors. The Reflections page contains perspectives on the Holocaust from the point of view of different people. Alternatively, browse our specially designed resources for teachers and learners, created in partnership with teachers themselves. If you would like to share a reflection through our website then please send it to us. 

We will be adding more resources in future, so please do return to see how we've changed.