Yorkshire Holocaust survivor project wins grant

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A PROJECT entitled The Holocaust: Sustaining the Legacy for Future Generations, has been awarded a £146,200 lottery grant, it was announced yesterday.

The two year scheme will explore and document survivors’ stories and carry out vital training for new volunteer speakers. It will be run by Leeds-based charity the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association (HSFA).

The project will focus on the heritage of Holocaust survivors who settled in Yorkshire, including those who survived in hiding, ghettos, concentration camps and death camps, and those who escaped on the Kindertransport or as refugees.

Persecuted because they were Jewish, the stories of these survivors, both during the Holocaust and after they sought refuge in the UK, will now be examined through the presentation of oral histories via speaking, web and other resources. The resource will also include other groups such as disabled people, trade unionists, communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and gays.

Lilian Black, Chairman of the HSFA, said: “We are all extremely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has recognised the value of this work in the North of England.”