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‘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.


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.


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...


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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Reunion 2017 article on Sir Eric Pickles

Discoveries at Reunion 2017

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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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

Oxford WIZO Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day

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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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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The Sunday Times, London, 8 January 2017

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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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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Ham & High

Keeping Holocaust memories alive

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Ham & High

Keeping Holocaust memories alive

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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...


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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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.

Sam takes 11 of his family to Reunion

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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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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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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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

Mirror 25th Nov 2016

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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News stories on 9 December 2015 from BBC London

Memory Quilt goes on display at London Jewish Museum...

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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.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: What’s on in Newcastle and Gateshead

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: What's on in Newcastle and Gateshead...


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

Arek Hersh at 2017 Reunion

London Mayor reads from the book ‘The Boys’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan referred to the 'The Boys' and read an excerpt from the book 'The Boys - Triumph over Adversity' by Martin Gilbert when he urged zero tolerance attitude towards hate crimes.

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Memory Quilts wow Manchester

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 interview

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New Years Honours for Survivors

A number of The Boys feature among the 10 x Holocaust Survivors who have been recognised in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list...

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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

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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.


Survivors Remember

Survivors lit candles and held 1 minutes' silence in memory of those lost in the Holocaust. Survivors who had travelled from North America to..

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New videos!

Highlights of 70 Year Anniversary Reunion Celebrations - 3 May 2015 & Ceremony and Speeches at the 70 Year Reunion...

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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.

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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...

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