moderated The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #unitedkingdom #holocaust

Richard Gilbert

My family and I watched The Windermere Children when it was broadcast by the BBC in the UK in January as part of its’ commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

It was incredibly moving particularly since many of the UK Jewish community watching would have know some of the children who were given refuge here (in the UK).

Last November, my wife and I were privileged to go on a trip to Poland with our synagogue in the company of Mala Tribich (nee Helfgott) MBE. The trip we took followed the journey Mala took as a young girl during the Shoah. Although she was liberated by the British in Bergen-Belsen she did not come to the UK straight away. She was eventually reunited with her brother Ben Helfgott MBE who was one of The Boys given refuge in the Lake District at Windermere, Cumbria. He Weston to become a weightlifting olympian.

Mala is a truly remarkable person who not only a week ago was getting to grips with Zoom and having a chat with those of us who went on our trip to Poland with her.

She then conducted an interview with a friend of mine, which will then be played on-line to our synagogue as part of our annual Yom Ha’Shoah commemorations in a couple of weeks’ time.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire
Warden - Bushey & District United Synagogue

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