The Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre

HSFA is working with the University of Huddersfield to create a new Holocaust Heritage and Learning centre for the north of England, which will open in Spring 2018. 

Many survivors and their families made their home in the north of England. These include people who came in the 1930s as refugees from Nazism or on the Kindertransport, those who survived the Second World War in hiding, and those who survived ghettos, concentration camps and death camps to move to the UK after 1945. Some of their stories are available on our website. Their testimonies contain accounts of one of the most significant events of the 20th century, yet until now have had no permanent home. This new partnership with the University of Huddersfield will create an accessible exhibition and learning centre, expected to attract 20,000 visitors annually, as well as providing secure storage where the Association's archive can be preserved, interpreted and explored. The project will create a lasting and permanent legacy for survivors and their families. 

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Pears Foundation, the Association ofJewish Refugees and the Toni Schiff Memorial Foundation as well as many individual donations. The chair of HSFA, Lilian Black, said: "We are delighted with HLF's decision to support the establishment of a permanent Holocaust Learning Centre for the north of England, The legacy of the Holocaust survivors in Yorkshire is now secure and will be made available to pupils, students and the wider community for teaching and learning. There has never been a more important time for us all to work together to combat all forms of persecution - our membership knows only too well where discrimination leads and it is their dearest wish to make sure our past is not our future". 

We'll provide regular updates on the project via the links to the left of this article. You can read an interview with our Director, Emma King, in the August 2017 issue of JLife magazine 


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