HSFA News

We are delighted to share with you our wonderful news.

HSFA has been successful in securing a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to build a new Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre at the University of Huddersfield. 

HLF has issued this press release:

Many survivors, and their families, now live or have lived in Yorkshire. These include people who during the Second World War were refugees, in hiding, in ghettos, or in concentration and death camps, as well as those who escaped on the Kindertransport. Their stories are some of the most important accounts of the most significant events of the 20th century, yet at present have no permanent home. This new project will provide a space at Heritage Quay, within the University of Huddersfield, for them to be preserved, interpreted and explored, and will create a lasting and permanent legacy for survivors and their families.

Survivors celebrate our good news:

From the left: Berta Klipstein, Trude Silman, Heinz Skyte. Dr Martin Kapel, our Chair Lilian Black, Leisel Carter, Arek and Jean Hersh and Suzanne Rappaport Ripton.

Our second photo shows Iby Knill, Leisel Carter and Berta Klipstein celebrating in Iby's garden.

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Thanks to support from National Lottery players, the project will deliver a new Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre, attracting a minimum of 20,000 visitors annually. The physical heritage of the survivors – testimonies, literature, artefacts and evidence of Nazi persecution - will be secured in perpetuity, and explained and interpreted with new displays and exhibitions.

The centre will bring alive the legacy of Holocaust survivors in Yorkshire. It will cover how it impacted not only on survivors but also on their second and third generations such as sons, daughters and their children, who are living with the personal heritage of their families being murdered and the trauma of those who were survivors. A vital role of the centre will be to allow these subsequent generations to continue to learn about the Holocaust and why and how it happened.

People are at the heart of this project. Tours, school and community seminars and teacher education provision will help people learn more about the Holocaust, and its impact on the people of Yorkshire, the UK and the world. Volunteer guides will learn new skills by assisting in touring exhibitions, at seminars, and with new technology. School children will have opportunities to use creative and performing arts to interpret the stories held at the centre. A new website will further increase access to the centre and materials from world-wide audiences, and the archive will provide a space for survivors and their families to deposit materials in the future.

Lilian Black, Chair, Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association said: “The HSFA is delighted with the decision by HLF 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. The breadth of support we have received has been amazing, ranging from individuals, companies, charitable trusts and of course our partners and the University of Huddersfield. Thank you everybody for making this a reality – it is an expression of our faith in humanity and that good will prevail ultimately”.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Holocaust survivors in Yorkshire bear a living witness to some of the most significant and horrific moments of the 20th century. We are delighted that National Lottery players are able to support the creation of this Centre, to provide a permanent legacy for survivors as well as a space for people to reflect on these events and learn from them.”

· Trevor Pears, Chair of the Pears Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this new Centre. Its location in Huddersfield, as part of a vibrant university campus, fills a very clear national gap in provision and will create tremendous opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, as well as educating the next generation.”

· Andrew Kaufman, Chairman of The Association of Jewish Refugees, said: “It gives us great pleasure to sponsor this dynamic project that will deepen and enhance Holocaust education and memorialisation in the UK and which reflects our intention to perpetuate the legacy of Holocaust refugees and survivors who made new lives in this country.”

We hope that we can encourage you to support our new Centre - to donate please go to the Just Giving section on our Home Page.