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Reality is not simply there, it must be searched and won.

Paul Celan

Of the many secrets that Cumbria holds in its heart none could be more compelling than the story relating to the three hundred Jewish children, survivors of the Holocaust, who touched down in Britain at Crosby on Eden airfield near Carlisle in August 1945.

They had been transported to the UK for recuperation and were to stay in hostel accommodation provided for them on the now 'lost' wartime village of Calgarth Estate which stood near Windermere.

We have spoken with some of these children, now much older, and have begun to discover just what that moment meant to them. We have also spoken with some of the local people of the Lake District community who remember the children being amongst them in 1945.

Remarkable archive interviews and images from several sources have also been uncovered, and this website brings them together for the first time.


The landscape of the Lakes had a crucial role to play at this, the beginning of the children's road to recovery from unimaginable horror. Perhaps it takes a poet from another age to adequately describe what the significance of the Lake District had in this context,

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.

William Wordsworth

© Trevor Avery and Chris Atkins / Another Space 2010

From Auschwitz to Ambleside developed by Trevor Avery and Chris Atkins / produced by Another Space.

Interviews conducted by Trevor Avery, Ros Livshin, Liz Rice and Rosemary Smith.

Additional interview material courtesy of the Manchester Jewish Museum.

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