As part of their Holocaust Memorial Day coverage, the Jewish Chronicle included a photo on 2nd February of Robert (Judge) Rinder
from our memory quilt exhibition and opening ceremony on Sunday 28th January at Newcastle Central Library. Robert and one of our 'Boys', Arek Hersh, were guest speakers.Read More...
Why was Judge Rinder in Newcastle? There was a very special family reason
TV's Judge Rinder opens a Holocaust exhibition at Newcastle Central Library...Read More...
Harry Spiro gave his testimony to Chelsea FC in January 2018.
The Chelsea Football Team assembled to listen to Harry’s story of survival...See More Pics...
Second Generation remember The Boys
Stephen Kendall with his father Kopel Kendall’s memory quilt square. David Graham shows the memory quilt square made to celebrates the memory of his father, Monty Graham...More Info
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on BBC TV with Memory Quilts – UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was interviewed at the National Holocaust Memorial Day event by BBC TV Journalist Martin Bashir
The Boys and Memory Quilts – Antiques Roadshow – 15 Jan ‘17
The story of The Boys and the Memory Quilt for The Boys featured in a special edition BBC TV programme on 15 Jan.Click to view
Memory Quilts Exhibition in Lake District Museum to The Boys
We are delighted to announce that the Memory Quilts for The Boys will be on display at the Lake District Holocaust Project from 9 June to 3 September in Windermere Library.Click for details
Harry Spiro interviewed by BBC Radio at the Memory Quilt exhibitionListen Now
Judge Rinder, grandson of a Holocaust survivor, to open Holocaust memorial exhibition in Newcastle
Judge Rinder is the grandson of a Holocaust child survivor. Credit: Newcastle City Council...Read More...
Ben Helfgott receives a lifetime dedication award from the Holocaust Educational Trust
We are proud and delighted to announce that our President and former Chairman, Ben Helfgott, was presented with a lifetime dedication award by Karen Pollock, CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust, at their annual dinner, which took place on Monday 16th October...Read More
Harry Olmer is celebrating his 90th birthday!
A special kiddush will be held in his honour at Mill Hill Synagogue on Saturday 4th November. Harry would be especially pleased if any of his friends from ‘The Boys’ are able to join him for it. Harry would also be delighted if any 2G or 3G members can make it. If you intend to go, Harry suggests arriving at the shul by about 10:30 latest.
Natasha Kaplinsky visits Memory Quilts
Broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky visited the Memory Quilts and met members of The Boys at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in London on 26 January 2017. Kaplinsky...More Info
Archbishop of Canterbury meets The Boys
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd. Justin Welby, met members of The Boys and visited the Memory Quilts at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in Westminster, Central London on 26 January 2017. Archbishop Welby is pictured here with ‘45 Aid Soc. President, Ben Helfgott, Julia Burton and the Memory Quilts for The Boys. The Archbishop addressed the 900+ visitors at the Holocaust Memorial Day event. A transcript of his speech is shown hereMore Info
Plaque Unveiled to The Boys in Lake District – 27 Jan 2017
On UK Holocaust Memorial Day this year, the Lake District Holocaust Project are unveiling a plaque...More Info
MPs meet The Boys and see the Memory Quilts
The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government visited the Memory Quilts and met members of The Boys at the Holocaust Memorial Day event in Westminster, Central London on 26 January 2017. Here he is pictured with Julia Burton and the Memory Quilts for The Boys
Memory Quilts featured on Manchester’s Salford Radio Jewish Hour – 16 May
Manchester’s Salford Radio featured the Memory Quilts for The Boys in its Jewish Hour on Monday 16 May in advance of the exhibition of the Memory Quilts in Manchester on 22 May. The 45 Aid Society’s Julia Burton was interviewed about the Memory Quilts project, the second generation and the history of The BoysListen Now
Second Generation interviewed by BBC Radio
Second Generation interviewed by BBC Radio 2 on UK Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 Jan, looking at how the Holocaust affects second and third generation Second Generation Member Marilyn Cornell is interviewed by presenter Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2 to listen to 10 minute interviewListen Now
What happened to the Jewish orphans who were brought to Britain in 1945?
The stories of the 732 orphans - of which only 80 were girls - who were taken in by the British government are now being recorded in 'Memory Quilts' at the Jewish Museum...Read it in The Telegraph
Message from Chairman Angela Cohen – 16 November 2015
I am delighted to be writing to you for the first time as your new Chairman. At the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the '45 Aid Society and after 52 years as Chairman, Ben Helfgott did not put himself forward for re-election. I now have the privilege and responsibility of ...Read more
The Boys visit the Memory Quilt exhibited at the UK Holocaust Centre.
In October 2015 the 45 Aid Memory Quilt for The Boys was exhibited at the UK Holocaust Centre Newark, Nottinghmashire. Zdenka Husserl, one of the girls who is one of The...Read more
UK National Yom Hashoa Commemoration for the Holocaust 19 April 2015
The National Yom HaShoa Commemoration was held on 19 April 2015 at Allianz Park, the Barnet Copthall Stadium. It was organised by a large team led by Yom HaShoaUK and with sponsorship of the 45 Aid Society...read more
Lake District commemoration. 70 years since the arrival of The Boys in Windemere – 13 August 2015
LDHP has put together a special exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of The Boys in the Lake District in 1945.read more
Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: What’s on in Newcastle and Gateshead
Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: What's on in Newcastle and Gateshead...Read More...
3rd Generation get together is a big success
The first of hopefully many social meetings for the 3rd Generation took place on Sunday 15th October in north London, organised by Jamie Beale, grandson of Mendel Beale, one of ‘The Boys’ Jamie initiated this meeting after the 72nd Reunion of The Boys in May 2018. He was wondering what the 3rd Gen could to do help pass on the legacy of the ‘Boys’ to follow the success of the initiatives led by the 2nd Generation. He contacted many 3rd Gen and was delighted that over 30 turned out on the day. It was a vibrant atmosphere with 3rd Gen members getting to know each other. Jamie introduced himself and explained that he is keen to help the 3rd Gen to deliver the testimony of their grandparents by giving talks in schools or coming up with their own ideas for continuing the work of the ’45 Aid Society. Angela Cohen, ‘45 Aid Society Chairman, addressed the meeting and emphasized the importance of telling the stories of the ‘Boys’ to future generations, to ensure that people never forget what they went through. (Judge) Robert Rinder, himself 3rd Gen, gave a passionate address, explaining why, with the shocking rise in anti-Semitism across Europe and around the world, it is now more vital than ever to pass on the legacy of the ‘Boys’. Many of those who attended expressed interest in getting involved in this initiative and praised Jamie for putting the event together. The next event is planned for March 2018. More details to follow.
For anyone who is interested in joining the contact list or getting involved please contact Jamie Beale via email@example.com
Memory Quilts Exhibition at London Jewish Museum on BBC Radio
Memory Quilts exhibition features in interview by BBC Radio London on UK Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 Jan Abigail Morris, Director of London Jewish Museum is interviewed by BBC Radio London to listen to interviewListen Now
Archive records on The Boys NOW AVAILABLE from WJR
NOW AVAILABLE: Archive records on The Boys from when they arrived in the UK
World Jewish Relief (WJR), formerly the Central British Fund, was involved in bringing The Boys to the UK. They opened files on children and refugees at the time including many of The Boys.
You can now request a copy of the archives files on The Boys that they hold at WJR in the UK. They release an individual’s record only to immediate family. A number of families have already received fascinating material and some amazing photos never seen before. We strongly urge you to contact them.
Submit your enquiry directly to WJR archives - apply using the link below
Allow a few weeks to process enquiries. The WJR archives are staffed part time by volunteers. Please let us know how you get on - send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quilt of memories tells remarkable story of Holocaust survivors – (HAM & HIGH)
As the world prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a group of Holocaust survivors and their families celebrated their own miraculous rescue at the end of the Second World War, by unveiling a giant memory quilt.
70th Reunion celebration and unveiling of the Memory Quilt on Sunday
More than 640 people including Survivors, their children and grandchildren, came together from around the world for an emotional unveiling of #TheBoysMemoryQuilt on Sunday 3 May at the 70th Annual Reunion Dinner of The Boys and the ’45 Aid Society.read more...
Prime Minister helps mark 70th anniversary of 45 Aid Society – (JEWISH NEWS)
Prime Minister David Cameron sent warm messages to the 45 Aid Society on Sunday, as the charity celebrated the 70th anniversary of the arrival of “The Boys” in Britain. The event was attended by 630 people, survivors and members of the second and third generations, the biggest reunion ever held by the society.Read More
NEW – Memory Quilt Exhibition at The London Jewish Museum
Monday 7 December 2015 until Friday 5 February 2016 The London Jewish Museum has put together a special exhibition featuring the Memory Quilt for The Boys. This exhibition will open to the public on Monday 7 December...Read More