January 2020

Alfred was, of course, one of the Windermere Children and you may be interested to watch the BBC Commissioned film The Windermere Children and the documentary The Windermere Children – In Their Own Words. These will be available on BBC player for another few weeks and the dvd of the film will be available from Amazon from 4 February 2020.

This is an article that was written for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January and appeared in the Brighton and Hove newspaper, where Alfred’s wife and some of his family still live.


By June 2019 we had received over 520 entries and once again the standard was extremely high and hard to judge.  The winners have all now been notified, and their entries can be viewed on the Prizewinners page together with all the results.

We have published the booklet ‘Letter for Alfred’ and this includes some of the entries from the previous two years.

We look forward now to receiving entries for 2020 (closing date 26 June 2020).  Rules and prizes are as for 2019 and all schools will receive notification of these.


This will be the third year of the writing award and we look forward to receiving entries.  The closing date is 28 June 2019 and awards will be presented in September 2019.

The awards for Primary School students remain the same – 1st prize £30, 2nd prize £15, 3rd prize £10 Waterstones Vouchers.

We have decided to produce a small publication each year, that will include a selection of the best of those entries submitted in the opinions of the judges.  We want to assemble a collection of books that will not only ensure the legacy of the writing award but will also illustrate the students’ understanding of the Holocaust.

The Secondary School awards are now – 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25.


We had a similar number of entries this year and the awards were presented in September 2018.  The standard of the entries was extremely high and selecting the winners very difficult.  But we are very grateful to all the schools and their students who have taken part and we hope they will consider entering again in 2019.

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.



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.

dChildren 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.

Some of the students with their letters

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.

Maxine Lambert one of the teachers at Carden Primary School

Exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day

Bryan Huberman with Year 6 students at Carden Primary School

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.

Some of the items from Alfred’s workshop


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