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.Read More...
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
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
BBC Antiques Roadshow 15th January 2017
The Memory Quilt featured in a BBC Antiques Roadshow special to mark UK Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).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
HMD interview on BBC Radio
Debra Barnes interviewed by BBC Radio 2 about how the Holocaust affects 2nd and 3rd generationListen Now
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 grandsonListen Now
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'.Read More...
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
My aim is to ensure no one forgets
How do different generations confront the horrors of the past?
By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016
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
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.Click here for more information
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