We were delighted to receive almost 500 entries for the 2017 awards from primary and secondary schools in the South Lakes, and further afield from Brighton & Esher and the awards were presented to the prizewinners in July 2017.
Trevor Avery, Fiona Kay, Rose Smith & Nicki Smith from The Lake District Holocaust Project (LDHP) spoke to several primary and secondary school children about Alfred Huberman’s story and the award.
Details of the judging of the awards together with a list of prizewinners, photographs and some of the entries can be viewed on the Prizewinners’ page.
Entries for 2018 are now open.
Children from Carden Primary School in Brighton also submitted letters they had written on their decisions about the architects’ designs for the new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre proposed for London.
As well as learning about WW2, Alfred’s son, Bryan Huberman, has been supporting Carden Primary School Year 6 students for a number of years by sharing his father’s story. This in turn has been a focus for their written work and contributed to Brighton & Hove Holocaust Memorial Day events.
Some entries for the writing award were received from the Furness Academy at Barrow-in Furness and their students also visited The Lake District Holocaust Project permanent exhibition at Windermere. This tells the story of the child Holocaust Survivors who arrived in August 1945. The students were fascinated to see copies of forms containing details about Alfred that were made at the concentration camps. These were kindly donated by Alfred’s family.
Students at the permanent exhibition at Windermere Library examining the forms
The LDHP were also delighted to receive a donation by Shirley Huberman of a number of items from Alfred’s workshop for their archive. These have been photographed and are available for schools to see in the next academic year.
On the 27th January we marked HMD with a special event at The Lakes School at Troutbeck Bridge. The school is on the site of the former Calgarth Estate where the children stayed in 1945.
A moving tribute to Alfred Huberman, 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.
Over seven hundred children, staff and guests at the Lakes School saw the launch of the Alfred Huberman Writing Award for schools as part of the HMD 2016 commemorations. Alfred Huberman’s 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 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.
A powerful introduction to the Holocaust and Genocide by Deputy Head Teacher Mick Gallop was followed by meaningful words from Sylvia Emmot, Chair of South Lakeland District Council.
Trevor Avery, Director of Lake District Holocaust Project offered a compelling description of the special significance of the connection between the Lakes School site and the three hundred Jewish orphans who arrived in August 1945.
Councillor Sylvia Emmott, the former Deputy Head Mick Gallop, Caroline & Shirley Huberman & Trevor Avery