News Archive 2

The Sunday Times, London, 8 January 2017

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Keeping Holocaust memories alive

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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...

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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 here

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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 Boys

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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...

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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...

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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.


Reunion 2017 article on Sir Eric Pickles

Oxford WIZO Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day

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.

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HMD interview on BBC Radio

Debra Barnes interviewed by BBC Radio 2 about how the Holocaust affects 2nd and 3rd generation

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Keeping Holocaust memories alive

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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.

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...

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My aim is to ensure no one forgets

How do different generations confront the horrors of the past?
By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

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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 ...

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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...


Discoveries at Reunion 2017

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.

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Harry Spiro interviewed by BBC Radio at the Memory Quilt exhibition

Survivor Harry Spiro is interviewed by the BBC Radio London at the Memory Quilt exhibition at the London Jewish Museum together with his grandson

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Sam takes 11 of his family to Reunion

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

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...

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Sir Ben Helfgott

‘The Boys’ and their families return to Prague 74 years after liberation to recreate iconic photo In May 2019, ‘The Boys’, a group of survivors of the Holocaust, now in their 80s and 90s, will travel to Prague with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Harry Spiro gave his testimony to Chelsea FC in January 2018.

The Chelsea Football Team assembled to listen to Harry’s story of survival...

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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...

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BBC Antiques Roadshow 15th January 2017

The Memory Quilt featured in a BBC Antiques Roadshow special to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).

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Sir Ben Helfgott

Lovely photos from a packed launch at JW3 in London for journalist and biographer Michael Freedland's book on our wonderful Sir Ben Helfgott, 'The Story of One of the Boys'.


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...


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...

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Mirror 25th Nov 2016

Rob Rinder shares story of grandfather Moishe, one of The Boys

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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 interview

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Memory Quilt – on display near Nottingham

The Memory Quilt for The Boys is currently on display at the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire until 30 October 2015.

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